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Heath Lowry

Department/Program(s):
  • Near Eastern Studies
Position: Emeritus Faculty
Title: Ataturk Professor of Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies, Emeritus. Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Emeritus.



On leave Spring Semester 2013

Since 1993 Heath W. Lowry has been the Atatürk Professor of Ottoman & Modern Turkish Studies at Princeton University. Prior to that time he was a founding member of the History Department at the Bosphorus University in İstanbul, Turkey (1973–1980), and a Senior Research Associate at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection in Washington, D.C. (1980–1983). Between 1983 and 1993 he established and directed the Institute of Turkish Studies in Washington, D.C. Currently, together with his position at Princeton University, he serves as an Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bahçeşehir University in İstanbul, Turkey.

As of May 2010 he joined the faculty of Bahçeşehir University as a Distinguished Visiting Professor, a position he will hold concurrently with his post at Princeton until his retirement from that university in June 2013. In the course of the next three years he will direct a newly-formed Center for Ottoman Era Studies, a co-operative program between Bahçeşehir University and the Mohamed Ali Institute in Kavala, Greece, designed to co-ordinate a wide variety of activities relating to the common cultural heritage of Turkey, Greece, and the Arab world. He will also offer an annual seminar at Bahçeşehir which will focus on the Ottoman Balkans (1352–1923).
 
Publications
Books
Trabzon Şehrinin İslamlaşma ve Türkleşmesi, 1481–1583. 4th edition, revised, reedited, and expanded. İstanbul: Bosphorus University Press, 2010 [English edition: The Islamization & Turkification of Trabzon (Trebizond), 1461–1583. İstanbul: The Isis Press, 2009].
 
With A. Bryer, et. al. Continuity and Change in Late Byzantine & Early Ottoman Society. Birmingham, England, & Washington, D.C.: Univ. of Birmingham & Dumbarton Oaks, 1986.
 
The Story Behind Ambassador Morgenthau's Story. İstanbul: Isis Publications, 1990.
 
Fifteenth Century Ottoman Realities: Christian Peasant Life on the Aegean Island of Limnos. İstanbul: Eren Publications, 2002.
 
Ottoman Bursa in Travel Accounts. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Publications, 2003 [Turkish edition: SeyyahlarınGözüyleBursa, 1326–1923. İstanbul (Eren Publications), 2004].
 
The Nature of the Early Ottoman State. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2003 [Turkish edition: Erken Dönem Osmanlı Devleti’nin Yapısı. İstanbul: İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2010].
 
Studies in Defterology: Ottoman Society in the Fifteenth & Sixteenth Centuries. 2nd edition. İstanbul: The Isis Press, 2006.
 
Defterology Revisited: Studies on 15th & 16th Century Ottoman Society. İstanbul: The Isis Press, 2008.
 
An Ongoing Affair: Turkey & I [Book I. The Bereketli Years, 1964–1966]. İstanbul and Eden, SD: Çitlembik and Nettleberry, 2008.
 
The Shaping of the Ottoman Balkans, 1350–1550: Conquest, Settlement & Infrastructural Development of Northern Greece (İstanbul: Bahçeşehir University Press, 2008) [Turkish edition: Osmanlı Döneminde Balkanların Şekillenmesi, 1350–1550: Kuzey Yunanistan’ın Fethi, İskânı ve Altyapı Gelişmesi. İstanbul (Bahçeşehir University Press), 2008].
 
In the Footsteps of the Ottomans: A Search for Sacred Spaces & Architectural Monuments in Northern Greece (İstanbul: Bahçeşehir University Press, 2009) [Turkish edition: Osmanlıların Ayak İzlerinde: Kuzey Yunanistan Mukaddes Mekânlar ve Mimarî Eserleri Arayış Yolculukları. İstanbul (Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi Yayınları), 2009].
 
Ottoman Architecture in Greece: A Review Article With Addendum & Corrigendum, Occasional Papers in History #1.İstanbul: Bahçeşehir University Press, 2009.
 
With İsmail E. Erünsal. The Evrenos Dynasty of Yenice-i Vardar: Notes & Documents. İstanbul Bahçeşehir University Press, 2010. [Turkish edition: Yenice-i Vardar’lı Evrenos Hanedanı: Notlar & Belgeler. İstanbul: Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2010].
 
The Evrenos Family & the City of Selânik (Thessaloniki): Who Built the Hamza Beğ Câmii & Why? (Evrenos Ailesi ve Selânik Şehri: Hamza Beğ Câmii Niçin ve Kimin Tarafından Yapıldı?) İstanbul (Bahçeşehir University Press: Occasional Papers in History #2)], 2010. pp. viii + 102
 
Historical Vestiges of Niyâzî Mısrî’s Presence on the Island of Limnos (Niyâzî Mısrî’nin Limnos Adası’nda Bulunan Tarihi İzleri). İstanbul (Bahçeşehir University Press: Occasional Papers in History #3), 2011. pp. ix + 142 + 36 Plates
 
[with: İsmail E. Erünsal]: Remembering One’s Roots: Mehmed Ali Paşa of Egypt’s Links to the Macedonian Town of Kavala (Architectural Monuments, Inscriptions & Documents). İstanbul (Bahçeşehir University Press), 2011. pp. x + 274 + 96 Photos + 5 Appendices [Turkish: Aslına Dönüş: Mısır Valisi Mehmed Ali Paşa’nın Kavala Kasabası ile Bağları (Mimari Eserler, Kitabeler ve Belgeler). İstanbul (Bahçeşehir University Press), 2011. pp. x + 274 + 96 Photos + 5 Appendices]
 
Clarence K. Streit’s The Unknown Turks: Mustafa Kemal Paşa, Nationalist Ankara & Daily Life in Anatolia (January – March 1921). İstanbul (Bahçeşehir University Press), 2011. pp. xviii + 272 + 122 Photos + 10 Appendices [Turkish: Clarence K. Streit: ‘Bilinmeyen Türkler’: Mustafa Kemal Paşa, Milliyetçi Ankara ve Anadolu’da Gündelik Hayat (Ocak – Mart 1921). İstanbul (Bahçeşehir University Press), 2011. pp. xviii + 272 + 122 Photos + 10 Appendices]
 
Hersekzāde Ahmed Paşa: The Career & Pious Endowments of an Ottoman Statesman (Hersekzâde Ahmed Paşa: Bir Osmanlı Devlet Adamının Meslek Hayatı ve Kurduğu Vakıflar). İstanbul (Bahçeşehir University Press: Occasional Papers in History #4), 2011. pp. ix + 113 + 10 Plates + 1 Map + Appendix
 
Recent Articles
With Yücel Dağlı. “The Passing of Time: Ottoman Clock Towers in the Balkans, ca. 1570–1675.” In Yücel Dağlı Anasına: “Geldi Yücel, Gitti Yücel. Bir Nefes Gibi.” İstanbul: Turkuaz Yayınları, 2011), pp. 420–38
 
“The Soup Muslims of the Ottoman Balkans: Was There a ‘Western’ and ‘Eastern’ Ottoman Empire?” In D. Quataert and B. Tezcan (eds.): Beyond Dominant Paradigms in Ottoman and Middle Eastern/North African Studies: A Tribute to Rifʻat Abou-El-Haj. İstanbul: İSAM, 2010, pp. 97–133
 
“Pîrî Reis Revisited: The Kitâb-i Bahriyye as a Source for Ottoman History: The Aegean Port of Kavala & the Island of Limnos (İlimli) as Described by Pîrî Reis.” Osmanlı Araştırmaları = Journal of Ottoman Studies 35 (2010): pp. 7–31.
 
“An Unknown Fourteenth Century Sultanic Mosque in the Macedonian City of Drama: The Yıldırım Bâyezîd Câmi.” In H. Hartmuth and A. Dılsız (eds.). Monuments, Patrons, Contexts: Papers on Ottoman Europe Presented to Machiel Kiel. Leiden: Nederlands Institut voor het Nabije Oosten, 2010, pp. 15–27
 
“The ‘Soup Muslims’ of the Ottoman Balkans: Was There a ‘Western’ & ‘Eastern’ Ottoman Empire?” in Osmanlı Araştırmaları=Journal of Ottoman Studies 36 (2010): pp. 95–131.
 
Work in Progress
Tükenmeyen Sevda: Türkiye ve Ben (Bereketli Seneleri, 1964–1966) [tentatively titled]. İstanbul: Bahçeşehir University, forthcoming 2012 (Turkish edition of An Ongoing Affair: Turkey & I [Book I. The Bereketli Years, 1964–1966]).
 
15 y.y. Osmanlı Gerçekleri: Ege’deki Limnos (Limni) Adasında Hırıstiyan Köylülerin Yaşantıları. İstanbul: Bahçeşehir University, forthcoming 2012 (Turkish edition of Fifteenth Century Ottoman Realities: Christian Peasant Life on the Aegean Island of Limnos).
 
The Evrenos Dynasty of Yenice-i Vardar (Notes & Documents): Codicils & Corrigendum. İstanbul: Bahçeşehir University, forthcoming 2012.