SOAS University of London

Centre for Ottoman Studies

Staff and Members of Centre for Ottoman Studies

Advisory Board:


Dr Vanja Hamzić
Advisory Board Member
Vanja Hamzić

Law and Society of South Asia (esp. Pakistan), South East Asia (esp. Indonesia) and West Africa (esp. Senegal); Islamic Law; Legal and Social History; Legal and Social Anthropology; Gender, Sexuality and the Law; Colonialism and Slavery in the 18th and 19th Centuries; Marxism; Critical Theory; Global Law/Governance; Cold War Studies.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4501
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  • Room: S336
  • Academic Support Hours: T1: Thu 15:00 - 17:00 T2: Thu 17:00 - 19:00
Dr Senija Causevic
Senija Causevic

Critical management; critical marketing; (contested) heritage marketing, management and interpretation; experiential marketing; destination branding/marketing/representation; post-conflict cultural settings; Ottoman Empire; Balkans; India

  • Tel: 0207 898 4514
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  • Room: 542
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Advisory Board

Dr Yorgos Dedes
Advisory Board Member
Yorges Dedes
Early Anatolian Turkish; Ottoman language and literature; Ottoman history; Turkish-Greek relations; modern Turkish culture
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4344
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  • Room: 424
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 3-5pm


Professor Gilbert Achcar
Gilbert Achcar

Political economy and sociology of globalisation; global power structure and grand strategy; empire theory and US hegemony; politics and development of the Middle East and North Africa; sociology of religion; Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism; social change and social theory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4557
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  • Room: 292b
  • Academic Support Hours: By Appointment via email
Dr Fiona Adamson
Fiona Adamson

International Relations Theory; International Security; Migration and Diaspora Mobilization; Globalisation and Global Governance; Transnational Identity Movements

Dr Keya Anjaria
Keya Anjaria

The Novel; 20th Century Turkish Literature; Turkish Cinema; World Literature; Comparative Literature;  20th Century Literary Criticism; Modernity and Modernization in late 19th and 20th Century Turkey.

  • Tel: (020 7898) 4587
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  • Room: 407
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 11am-1pm

Dr Samia Bano
Samia Bano

Muslim Family law in the UK and Europe, Family Law, Multiculturalism, Citizenship, Islamic Jurisprudence and Human Rights, Feminist and Critical Social and Political Theories, Issues concerning the rights of Muslim women and Gender Equality.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4668
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  • Room: S133
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 11:00 - 13:00
  • On Sabbatical:T2 (2019/20)
Dr Brenna Bhandar
Staff Silhouette

Indigenous rights, law and colonialism, post-colonial, feminist and critical legal theories.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4540
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  • Room: S331
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 11:00 - 13:00 (Term 2)

Professor Matthew Craven
Matthew Craven
Public international law, international legal history (particularly colonialism and decolonisation), postcolonial and critical legal theory.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4673
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  • Room: S334
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 13:30 - 15:30 (Term 2)

Mr Nicholas H D Foster
Nick Foster
Comparative commercial and comparative corporate law, with special reference to Islamic law and the laws of the Middle East, in particular the UAE; Islamic Finance.

Dr Thomas Marois
Thomas Marois

Political Economy; Emerging finance capitalism; Privatization; Alternative development; Banking, finance, and development; Mexico, Turkey, other emerging capitalisms; State-capital-labour relations; State theory; Internationalization.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4503
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  • Room: 293
  • Academic Support Hours: Bookable online here:
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 & 3 (2019/20)

Professor Tom Selwyn
Tom Selwyn

Tom Selwyn is Professorial Research Associate at SOAS, Visiting Professor at Breda University, The Netherlands, and Bethlehem University, Palestine. He was awarded Leverhulme Emeritus Professorial Research Fellowship in 2014. He is widely published in the field of the anthropology of tourism/pilgrimage/cultural heritage with regional interests in the Mediterranean, in particular Palestine/Israel. He directed/co-directed four major research and development projects in the Mediterranean region for the European Commission between 1990 and 2010 and founded the MA in the Anthropology of Travel, Tourism and Pilgrimage (ATTP) at SOAS in 2010. He co-convenes the SOAS ATTP summer school, was awarded the Lucy Mair medal by the Royal Anthropological Institute in 2009, and was Hon.Librarian of the RAI library collection at the British Museum for a decade. He is co-editor (with Nicola Frost) of the series Articulating Journeys: Festivals, Memorials, and Homecomings for Berghahn publishers and co-editor of Travelling Towards Home (2018) in that series. He is author of “Tourism, Travel, and Pilgrimage” in Callan,H, (ed) (2018) International Encyclopedia of Anthropology (Wiley), “Brexit, Grenfell, Windrush, and the mooring, un-mooring, and re-mooring of home” in Ethnoscripts (2019), “The politics of Palestinian suffering, commemoration, and belonging” (review article) JRAI (2020), Foreword to Andrews, H (ed) Brexit and Tourism: Travel, Borders and Identity Channel View (2020), and “Why People Travel”, Independent Travel Commission (2021).

Associate Members

Dr Veli Yadirgi
Associate Member
Veli Yadirgi

Political, Economic and Social History of Turkey and the Middle East with special reference to the Kurdish Question in Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria; Politics and Development Economics of the Countries of the Middle East; Social Change and Social Theory.

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  • Room: 289
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 11-1pm