Associate Professor of History, Bloomsburg University, PA, USA


Octobre 2012 à juin 2013


Safa Saraço?lu is Associate Professor of History at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on governance in the Ottoman Empire. Within this context, he is exploring the structure of local administrative and judiciary institutions and how members of this judicio-administrative sphere dealt with specific issues such as administrative malpractice, and the question of the ownership of refugee camps.

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"Law and Locals : An Empirical Study on Provincial Judicial Practices in Nineteenth
Century Ottoman Balkans"

This project focuses on a key institution in the nineteenth-century Ottoman legal history: the "secular" nizami courts. During this century, shari'a courts' jurisdiction was gradually limited as nizami courts became the primary provincial judicial institutions-operating in close connection with the administrative councils. Local notables, who were influential members in both institutions, related local political economy to the judicio-administrative practices. Despite their significance, the nizami courts have not been properly analyzed because their records are not easily available. This project will analyze untapped local records of a provincial nizami court in Ottoman-administered Bulgaria and relate its practices to local administrative council. It will be the first detailed study of a nizami court in its proper context.


- "Resilient Notables: Looking at the Transformation of the Ottoman Empire from the Local Level," 2011.

- "Refugees, Biopolitics and Cattle Theft: Operation of Ottoman Governmentality in Nineteenth Century Vidin," 2011.

- "Some Aspects of Ottoman Governmentality at the local level: The Judicio-Administrative Sphere of the Vidin County in the 1860s and 1870s," 2008.

- "Sitting Together: Local Councils of Vidin County as Domains of Hybridization (1864-1877)," 2007.

- "Reality with a Moral Twist: Ahmed Midhat's Observations as a "Realistic" Novel," 2006