Curriculum Vitae

  • Since October 2018
    Ruhr-Universität Bochum
    Department of History, Ph.D. Programme
    DAAD Scholarship
  • 2016-2018
    İstanbul Şehir University, Istanbul
    Department of History, Ph.D. Programme
    (Full Scholarship)
  • June 2017-September 2017
    Erasmus+ Student Mobility for Traineeship
    Archivio di Stato di Trieste (Trieste State Archives)
    Trieste, Italy
  • 2013-2016
    M.A. İstanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul
    Institute of Social Sciences
    History M.A. Programme (Thesis title: 18th Century Relations Between the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Dubrovnik: 18th Century Dubrovnik and the Contemporary Surrounding World, supervised by Suraiya Faroqhi)
    (Partial Scholarship)
  • September 2014-January 2015
    Erasmus+ Student Mobility for Studies
    Università degli Studi di Firenze: UniFI, Studi Umanistici e della Formazione, Dipartimento di Storia, Archeologia, Geografia, Arte e Spettacolo
    Florence, Italy
  • 2009-2013
    B.A. Middle East Technical University, Ankara
    Faculty of Art and Sciences
    Department of History (Thesis title: Changing Life in Florence through the 12th
    and the 13th Centuries and Emergence of the Medici, supervised by Mustafa Soykut)
  • 2008-2009
    Middle East Technical University
    Department of Basic English, Ankara

Research Project

Reconstructing the daily life of Ottoman Muslim merchants in 18th and 19th century Trieste

Although there is an abundance of literature detailing the history of Ottoman-European cities’ relations, studies on the issue have mostly focused on major Italian city-states, such as Venice, Genoa, and sometimes Florence; in addition, they generally focused on periods before the 18th century mostly because of a general consensus among historians that the political, military, and trade relations between the Ottoman Empire and European cities were at their strongest in the 15th and 16th centuries. Due to the aforementioned conception, the field of eighteenth century Ottoman history was a bit absent from historiography until last decades. The Port of Trieste, despite being an important commercial hub contemporaneously, was to share this neglect till recently and still does in a certain aspect; for instance, no research has been conducted on Muslim merchants in the context of Ottoman Trieste relations until this time, though there is a considerable number of work shedding light on non-Muslim communities’ – particularly Orthodox merchants’ – activities there. This study thus aims to contribute to the literature on this subject with a specific focal point to include in the scope Muslim merchants as well.


Zeynep Arslan
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Centre for Mediterranean Studies
Am Bergbaumuseum 31
D-44791 Bochum