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Cemal Kafadar

Cemal Kafadar is Vehbi Koç Professor of Turkish Studies at Harvard University. He is interested in the social and cultural history of the Middle East and southeastern Europe in the late medieval/early modern era. He teaches courses on Ottoman history, urban space, travel, popular culture, history and cinema. His latest publications include How Dark is the History of the Night, How Black the Story of Coffee, How Bitter the Tale of Love: the Changing Measure of Leisure and Pleasure in Early Modern Istanbul and Evliya Celebi in Dalmatia: an Ottoman Traveler’s Encounters with the Arts of the Franks.


  • Vehbi Koç Professor of Turkish Studies, Harvard University
  • Faculty Associate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University