Bio & Research


Efe Murat Balıkçıoğlu is a PhD candidate at Harvard University’s joint program in History and Middle Eastern Studies. He was born in Istanbul, Turkey and received his BA in philosophy and political science 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 after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople during the second half of the Fifteenth Century under Mehmed 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, free-will, the nature of secondary intentions and discussions in cosmology. Most of the texts that he works with are only extant in manuscript and were not previously studied or published in scholarly editions.