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Ayşe Hilal Uğurlu

Assoc. Prof. Dr.

She started her PhD in the History of Architecture program at Istanbul Technical University. She spent a year as a visiting special student at the Aga Khan Program, Harvard University, in the 2009-2010 academic year and audited several courses from the history of art and architecture department and also Center for Middle Eastern studies. In 2012, she completed her dissertation entitled “Selim III’s Istanbul: Building Activities In The Light Of Political and Military Transformations”. 
In 2014, she received a senior fellowship from ANAMED (Research Center For Anatolian Civilizations), Koç University with her project titled “Imperial Mosque Courtyards as Social Nuclei of Istanbul”. The later stages of this project, which focuses on the 19th century imperial mosques and their changing spatial relations with the city, was also supported by Salt Research and Istanbul Research Institute. She also received a Barakat Trust Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Khalili Research Centre, Oxford University (2017–18), and Barakat Trust Major Awards (2018–19) with her project: “A Reformist Sultan in the Age of Revolutions: Politics, Art and Architectural Patronage of Selim III (r. 1789–1807).” 
She co-edited two books with Dr. Suzan Yalman, one of which (Sacred Spaces + Urban Networks) was published in 2019. The other book that is entitled “The Friday Mosque in the City: Liminality, Ritual, and Politics” will be published by the end of 2020. Her research interests include Ottoman social, political and architectural history. She is currently working on a project that analyzes the interventions of nineteenth-century Ottoman sultans in sacred places and objects in the context of their political agendas.


Editors: A. Hilal Uğurlu and Suzan Yalman

Intellect Books UK, 2020

ISBN: 978-178-9383-02-7


ISBN: 978-605-7685-14-8

Editors: A. Hilal Uğurlu and Suzan Yalman

ANAMED, 2019

Selected Articles

From Ceremony to Spectacle: Changing Perception of Hagia Sophia Through the Night of Decree (Layla’t-ul Kadr) Prayer Ceremonies

in Hagia Sophia in the Long Nineteenth Century, eds. Emily Neumeier and Benjamin Anderson, Manuscript accepted by Edinburgh University Press, manuscript currently under peer review, forthcoming 2021.

Perform Your Prayers in Mosques!: Changing Spatial and Political Relations in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Istanbul

in The Friday Mosque in the City: Liminality, Ritual, and Politics, eds. A. H. Uğurlu, S. Yalman, (Bristol; Chicago: Intellect Books, forthcoming 2020)

in Philanthropy in Anatolia Through the Ages (Antalya: Koç University, 2020), 215–25. 

in Sacred Spaces + Urban Networks, eds. S. Yalman, A. H. Uğurlu (Istanbul: ANAMED, 2019), 105–18.