Current Visiting Scholars

Christopher B. Taylor

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Christopher Anzalone

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Sumeyye Saritas

Sumeyye Saritas is a Ph.D. student at Istanbul University in Istanbul, Turkey concentrating on Ottoman Law in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is currently working on her dissertation which examines the attempts at codification of Ottoman family law from the Tanzimat period (1839-1876) up until the modern Republic of Turkey (1923). Ms. Saritas has taught courses in classical Arabic and Islamic law at various institutions in Istanbul, Turkey. 

Murat Saritas

Murat Saritas is a Ph.D student at Istanbul University in Istanbul, Turkey concentrating on Ottoman Law. He is currently working on his dissertation which analyzes the check and balance mechanisms in Ottoman procedural law in the second half of the sixteenth century. Mr. Saritas has worked as a Research Assistant in the Faculty of Theology, Department of Islamic Law at Istanbul University, and as a Researcher at the Turkish Religious Foundation in Istanbul. 

Isil Acehan

Isil Acehan received her Ph.D. in History from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Acehan's research interests focus on Ottoman and early Muslim immigration to the U.S., immigration policies in the U.S., history of Islam in America, and American board missionaries and schools in the Ottoman Empire. She was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the John XXXIII Foundation for Religious Studies in Bologna Italy. Prior to this, she served as Assistant Professor at Ipek University in the department of History in Ankara, Turkey. During her residency with the Center, she will be conducting research on Ottoman Muslim (ethnic Turks, Kurds, and Arabs) immigration to the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.