SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Dr Yorgos Dedes

BA, MA, PhD(Harvard)
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Yorges Dedes
Near and Middle East Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Senior Lecturer in Turkish

Centre for Ottoman Studies

Advisory Board Member

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)


London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Dr Yorgos Dedes
Email address:
+44(0)20 7898 4344
SOAS University of London
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Office hours: on campus Tuesday 3-5pm; or online by appointment via Google calendar.

Language and literature; history


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Senem Gökel, Leprosy, Empire and Exclusion: the case of Cyprus under Ottoman and British rules, late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries
  • Ummugulsum Kurukol, Riḥla: Interpreting the Islamic city through Muslim Travellers by revisiting the meaning of travel from the medieval period to early modern times.


Frontier epics: early Ottoman literature and language (influence of Persian and Greek); Balkan (especially Greek) Muslim literature (al Jamiada)


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Available for
  • TV
  • Radio
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  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • Global
  • Near and Middle East
Country Expertise
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Greece
  • Macedonia
  • Turkey


Authored Books

Dedes, Yorgos (2007) The Ascensions of Felicity and Sources of Nobility: An English Translation of Su'udi's Metali' ul-Sa'adet. Barcelona: Moleiro.


Balta, Evangelia and Dedes, Yorgos (2014) 'Holding the sceptre of superiority in the Propontis? Late Ottoman Triglia/Trilye.'. Journal of Turkish studies = Türklük bilgisi araştırmaları, (42), pp 1-63.

Dedes, Yorgos (2007) 'Lugat-i rumiye: A Turkish-Greek Versified Glossary from the Late Ottoman Period: Serious Learning or a Bit of Fun on the Side?'. Journal of Turkish Studies, (31) 1, pp 237-280.

Rona, Bengisu and Dedes, Yorgos (2007) 'Languages in Contact: Greek Loanwords in Turkish'. Journal of Turkish Studies, (31) 2, pp 169-208.

Edited Books or Journals

Sperl, Stefan and Dedes, Yorgos, (eds.), (2022) Faces of the Infinite: Neoplatonism and Poetry at the Confluence of Africa, Asia and Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

Dedes, Yorgos (2016) 'Bursa'. In: Wallace, David, (ed.), Europe. A literary history 1348-1418. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 331-346.

Dedes, Yorgos (2011) 'Blame it on the Turko-Romnioi (Turkish Rums) A Muslim Cretan song on the abolition of the Janissaries.'. In: Balta, Evangelia and Ölmez, Mehmet, (eds.), Between Religion and Language: Turkish-Speaking Christians, Jews and Greek-Speaking Muslims and Catholics in the Ottoman Empire. Istanbul: Eren, pp 321-376.

Dedes, Yorgos (2005) 'Süleyman Çelebi's Mevlid: Text, Performance and Muslim-Christian Dialogue'. In: Kut, G. and Buyyukkarci Yilmaz, F., (eds.), Uygurlardan Osmanlıya. Istanbul: Simurg, pp 305-349.


Sperl, Stefan and Dedes, Yorgos (2022) 'Lyrics of Ascent: Poetry and the Platonic Tradition – An Anthology'.


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