Kadir Has-Princeton University Summer Program

Kadir Has University is launching a joint summer program with world-renowned Princeton University.

This year Kadir Has University will host the summer program titled Islam, Empire, and Modernity: Turkey from the Caliphs to the 21st Century, organized by Professor Şükrü Hanioğlu, head of the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. The program will last six weeks, from the 11th of June until the 23rd of July, 2011. The first week will be spent in Budapest, and the remaining weeks of the program will be held in Istanbul. In the fourth week of the program, there is a scheduled excursion to Trabzon, on Turkey’s Black Sea coast.

Further information can be found on Princeton University’s link for the program: http://www.princeton.edu/piirs/global-seminars/current-seminars/turkey-2011/

Princeton will select 15 out of 43 student applicants to attend the program, and 5 Kadir Has University students will also participate.

Classes will be taught by faculty members from both Princeton University and Kadir Has University, spanning Ottoman to modern Turkish history and highlighting the cultural and historical transformations that have occurred over the centuries.

The first week of the summer program, “Hungary Under Ottoman Rule,” will be held in Budapest, capital of Hungary, from the 11th to the 18th of June. The remaining weeks of the program will be held in Istanbul, covering Ottoman and Turkish history from the period of Suleyman the Magnificent in the 16th century to the founding of the Turkish Republic under the leadership of Ataturk in 1923, as well as a survey of the history of the Turkish Republic. Course material will cover such varied topics as literature, spanning Divan literature to the works of Orhan Pamuk, in addition to studies of culture and art, from Topkapı Palace to contemporary Turkish architecture.

Theoretical courses will be held four days a week, supplemented by weekly activities and weekend excursions around Istanbul. The city itself is an open-air testament to the history of Turkey, and by traveling around and discovering Istanbul, students will gain first-hand experience of Turkish culture and life.

Although the program focuses on history, its primary objective is to help students acquire a deeper understanding of Turkish culture. Students are expected to participate in all aspects of the program, including the first week of study in Hungary, if possible. English will be used for all classwork, discussions and activities, and non-native speakers must have sufficient English skills to join the program.

Students of Kadir Has University who wish to register for the program will only be required to pay for the travel costs for the trips to Hungary and Trabzon (approximately $1,200).

Kadir Has University students who wish to apply for the program are kindly asked to submit the application form below to the General Secretary of Kadir Has University by April 11, 2011.

Islam-Empire and Modernity: Turkey from the Caliphs to the 21st Century Program Application Form

  1. First and Last Name:
  2. Faculty:
  3. Department and Year of Study (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th):
  4. G.P.A:
  5. English proficiency:
  6. In one paragraph, please explain (in English) how you will benefit from the program: