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 focuses 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 forthcoming book titled, Afterlife of Empire, explores Ottoman continuities in Habsburg Bosnia Herzegovina and the imperial imprint on modern institutions, citizenship, and allegiance. She founded 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


Rutgers University Newark Chancellor's Seed Grant 2018-19

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) - Dissertation Fellowship in East European Studies 2012

Association for the Study of Nationalities - Best Paper Award Eurasia/Turkey 2011

Institute of Turkish Studies Fellowships 2006 & 2010

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship 2009


Ph.D. Columbia University, 2013


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


"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. 


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)