Muslu, Cihan Yuksel

Associate Professor

Office:  JO 5.110

Areas of Specialization:  Ottoman Empire, Mamluk Empire, history of diplomacy and diplomatic culture, cultural and social history of medieval and early-modern Muslim civilization.

Education: PhD in History and Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, 2007
BA in History, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey, 1999

Cihan Yuksel Muslu joined UTD in the fall of 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Historical Studies and became an Associate Professor in 2014. She teaches courses on medieval and early-modern Islamic civilization, Muslim empires (particularly the Ottoman and Mamluk Empires), the Crusades, historical methodology, and Mediterranean history.

Her interest areas are diplomatic culture and exchange, comparative empires, historiography, construction of identity, and the cross-cultural encounters between medieval and early-modern Muslim societies. Her first book The Ottomans and the Mamluks: Imperial Diplomacy and Warfare in the Islamic World studies the significance and complexity of diplomatic exchanges between the Ottomans and Mamluks. The rich history of diplomatic encounters between these two leading Sunni Muslim empires shows that the relationship between them requires a revisionist approach – one questioning and enriching the earlier paradigm focusing on warfare, conflict, and conquest. Her work also appears in Archivum Ottomanicum as well as an edited volume.

She is currently working on multiple paper-length projects on Ottoman-Mamluk relations and one manuscript-length project on the construction of the Ottoman imperial image studied through the regimes of fifteenth-century Ottoman rulers.