Murat Cihan Yildiz
M.A. History, UCLA, 2009; B.A. magna cum laude History & Political Science, UCSD, 2005
Modern Middle Eastern History & Ottoman History
My dissertation, “Strengthening Male Bodies and Building Robust Communities: Physical Culture in the Late Ottoman Empire,” presents an alternative approach to conceptualizing the late Ottoman Empire as well as the empire’s different ethno-religious communities by investigating late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century cultural, social, and political transformations in Istanbul across sectarian divisions. This project explores the emergence of a shared Ottoman sports culture among upper and middle-class Muslims, Christians, and Jews of Istanbul.
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