Leyla Amzi-Erdogdular

Leyla Amzi-Erdogdular


leyla.amzi [at] rutgers.edu

Office Location

316 Conklin Hall
175 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102

Leyla Amzi-Erdogdular is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Rutgers University Newark where she teaches Middle East and Islamic Studies. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University. Her research is on the history of the Ottoman Empire and Southeastern Europe with a focus on migrations, Muslim modernities, empires and their legacies. Leyla Amzi-Erdogdular’s book titled The Afterlife of Ottoman Europe is forthcoming with Stanford University Press. It explores Ottoman continuities in Habsburg Bosnia Herzegovina and the imperial imprint on modern institutions, citizenship, and allegiance. 

Leyla Amzi-Erdogdular cofounded the Rutgers University Newark Middle East Music Orchestra.

Courses Taught

Migration in the Middle East

Sufism: Islamic Mysticism

Modern Middle East

Empire, Nation and State in the Middle East

Islamic Civilization II


National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) - Grants for Arts Projects 

Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship 

Rutgers University Newark Chancellor's Seed Grant 

Rutgers Global International Collaborative Research Grant

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) 

Institute of Turkish Studies Grants

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship 


Ph.D. Columbia University, 2013


Middle East, Ottoman Empire, Southeast Europe/Balkans, Turkey


"Muslim Migration and Nation-Building in Interwar Yugoslavia and Turkey" in Borders, Boundaries and Belonging in Post-Ottoman Space in the Interwar Period Kate Fleet & Ebru Boyar, editors (Leiden: Brill, 2023).

"Inter-Islamic Modernity at the End of Empire" Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East  41:2 (2021): 249–253.

"Ottoman Bosnia Herzegovina and its Muslims" in Routledge Handbook of Balkan and Southeast European History, John R. Lampe & Ulf Brunnbauer, eds. (Routledge, 2020). 

"Ottomania: Televised Histories and Otherness Revisited" Nationalities Papers 47:5 (2019): 879-893. 

"Visual Sources in late Ottoman History" co-edited with Zeynep Çelik, Special Edition for the Journal of Ottoman and Turkish Studies, 5:1 (2018). 

"Alternative Muslim Modernities: Bosnian Intellectuals in the Ottoman and Habsburg EmpiresComparative Studies in Society and History 59:4 (2017): 912-943. 

Public Scholarship:

"Serbs, Croats, Slovenes...and Muslims?" The Lausanne Project (January 27, 2023)

Continuities between Ottoman and Habsburg Bosnia: an interview Politika News (April 5, 2021)

Muslim Migration and Post-Ottoman Nation Building, Mediterranean Displacements Project Lecture Series (2020)

Visual Sources in Late Ottoman History, with Zeynep Celik (NJIT) Ottoman History Podcast episode 327 (2017)

Late Ottoman Bosnia and the Imperial Afterlife, Ottoman History Podcast episode 198 (2015)