Bio & Research


Efe Murat Balıkçıoğlu is a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University’s joint program in History and Middle Eastern Studies. He was born in Istanbul, Turkey and received his B.A. in philosophy from Princeton University in 2010.

Balıkçıoğlu studies the intellectual history of the early modern Ottoman Empire and the greater Islamicate world with a specific focus on Arabic philosophical and theological texts written during the second half of the fifteenth century under the Ottoman Sultans Meḥemmed II and Bāyezīd II. After completing his research in various manuscript libraries in Europe and the Middle East, Balıkçıoğlu is currently writing his dissertation on the early Ottoman philosophical commentaries and glosses in Arabic concerning various philosophical issues, i.e. causality, occasionalism, the naturalization of miracles, God's divine attributes, free will, good and evil, the nature of secondary intentions as well as discussions on cosmology. Most of the texts that he works with are only extant in manuscript and were not previously studied or published in scholarly editions.