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Dr. Denise Klein

Member of the academic staff, Department of History


Personal Details:

Denise Klein is a historian of the Middle East and the Ottoman Empire, with a PhD in history from the University of Konstanz (2014) and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Munich (2005). She has been a Research Associate at the Leibniz Institute of European History since 2014. She has been granted several scholarships, including by the Gerda Henkel Foundation (2005-2007), the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations of Koç University (2012-2013) and the German Research Foundation (2019-now), and has spent time in Istanbul, New York and Athens. Her research focuses on the social, cultural, and intellectual history of the Ottoman world before 1800. Currently, she is co-editing with colleagues a volume entitled Transottoman Biographies, 16th-20th c. She is also revising her book manuscript Narrating the Past: The Historical Culture of the Crimean Khanate and is working on a project which investigates the experiences of immigrants in Istanbul before 1800.

Research Interests:

Islamic and Turkish studies
Early modern Ottoman history
Social and urban history
Cultural and intellectual history

Selected Publications:

Die osmanischen Ulema des 17. Jahrhunderts. Eine geschlossene Gesellschaft? (Berlin 2007).
(ed.)The Crimean Khanate between East and West (15th–18th Century) (Wiesbaden 2012).
Dress and Cultural Difference in Early Modern Europe: European History Yearbook 20 (2019), co-edited with Cornelia Aust and Thomas Weller.

Research projects:

"Gurbet Istanbul": Being a Migrant in the Ottoman Capital, 1453–1800

Denise Klein's project explores the relationship between migration and belonging in the Ottoman world through the experiences of migrants in Istanbul between 1453 and 1800, showing how social, religious and regional affiliations overlapped and were constantly renegotiated and hierarchised.

Leibniz Research Alliance "Value of the Past"

The Leibniz Research Alliance "The Value of the Past" started its work on September 1st, 2021. Over a period of four years it will investigate the significance of the past for societies in the past and present.