Theo Knights

Advisor(s): Hakan Karateke
Ottoman and Turkish Studies

Theo is a PhD student in Ottoman History focused on the early modern period. His research interests include examining Ottoman reading practices through multi-text miscellanies (mecmûa) and microhistorical approaches to exploring Ottoman involvement in global trade and scholarly networks in early modernity. Prior to joining NELC, Theo was a Nizami Ganjavi Centre Scholar at the University of Oxford where he received an MSt in Oriental Studies. He also holds an MA at the University of Chicago’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. His graduate thesis at Oxford titled “The Origins of an Ottoman Bourgeois Social Reformer: Recontextualizing Mustafa Suphi’s Early Thought” advanced a new understanding of the early writings of the late Ottoman intellectual Mustafa Suphi based on a careful re-reading of his pamphlet Vazîfe-i Temdîn (The Civilizing Mission) and previously unstudied documents from Suphi’s time studying in Paris.

He is currently the student coordinator for the Middle East History and Theory Workshop and graduate student conference. Interested presenters and participants are encouraged to reach out to him via email to join the listhost.