Associate Fellow of IAS-Nantes (since November 2013)


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Huri Islamoglu is Emeritus Professor of Economic History, Bogazici University, Istanbul and Visiting Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley.  

She has also taught at Middle East Technical University (Ankara,Turkey), Central European University(Budapest, Hungary), New York university.

Her publications include (with Peter Perdue) Shared Histories of Modernity in China, India and the Ottoman empire (2009), Constituting Modernity: Private Property in the East and West (2004), Ottoman Empire and the World Economy (1987); State and Peasant in the Ottoman Empire (1994).  She has written and lectured in fields of comparative economic history and political economy, legal history, agricultural history and agricultural policy and current globalization trends, global governance.

Research themes

My work at the Institute for Advanced study in Nantes will have three interrelated foci.

The first focus is on law and its relationship to government, politics, that is, law’s living dimension. This issue is extremely salient in the present world’s situation, when the liberal spell of the late 20th and early 21st century, its free-tradist presuppositions regarding the economy and society, and their relation to law and government have been coming under world-wide scrutiny since the 2008 crisis in Western societies (Europe and the US).

Secondly, it is important to explore the societal dynamics or the political economy underlying law and government in both developed and emerging societies, more accurately to address the questions: who is included in the political or societal arena of contestation which law and government address; who has a voice in the shaping of economic activity through law and through government.

The third focus refers to the writing and conceiving of world history in relation to a critique of freetradist liberal Weltanschaung. World history writting since the 19th century, has been closely associated with the establishment of European hegemony over non-European regions ; it meant casting the histories of non-European as mirror images of European history ‘ idealized ‘in free-tradist liberal terms. A binary vision of world history pitted non-European regions with their absences to the presences in Europe of liberal institutions and values. Changes in global balances of power and increasing importance of non-European regions, may open up possibilities to re-think the histories of these regions in terms other than their subservience to Europe and their underdevelopment; or alternatively, in defensive nationalist terms vis a vis the European adversary.