Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano

Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano

Early modern Ottoman history and intellectual historyAssistant Professor of History


College Hall 208 D

Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano studies early modern Ottoman intellectual history, and its connections to literature, poetry, and bureaucracy. Aguirre-Mandujano is currently working on his book project, Poetics of Empire: Literature and Political Culture at the Early Modern Ottoman Court, which examines the relation between material culture, literary composition, and the transformation of political thought in the early modern Islamic world and Europe. Poetics of Empire shows that in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries Ottoman scholars and statesmen produced a new literary language in order to express political thought. Poetics of Empire posits that literary production at the imperial court crafted distinctive modes of expression in order to articulate the Ottoman sultanate’s place in the world, particularly vis-à-vis its imperial rivals in Europe and the Islamic world.

Aguirre-Mandujano's research and teaching are part of a broader scholarly project to uncover the dynamics of intellectual production and communication in the early modern Islamic world through the analysis of contemporary political debates and the material channels in which ideas circulated and thrived. Aguirre-Mandujano's teaching interests include Ottoman history, Islamic empires in the early modern world, books and readers in the Islamic world, and horse and animal sacrifice in world history. Since 2012, he is also part of the teaching staff at the Intensive Ottoman and Turkish Summer School (Harvard/Koc Universities) in Cunda, Turkey, where he tutors in Ottoman paleography and Ottoman archival sources.

Aguirre-Mandujano completed his Ph.D. at the University of Washington. He also holds a BA in History from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and an MA in Historical Research Methods from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Aguirre-Mandujano is co-organizer of the Baki Project, a Digital Humanities project that aims to develop new digital tools for the study of Ottoman manuscripts. He is also co- curating the exhibit Trajectories of Sefarad, a museum and digital exhibit on Jewish culture in the late Ottoman Empire and the Diaspora.

Office Hours
by appointment

Ph.D. University of Washington

M.A. School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

B.A. National Autonomous University of Mexico

Research Interests

Ottoman cultural and intellectual history, Book cultures of the Islamic world, Animal-human relations in Anatolia and Central Asia, History of the Silk Road and Central Asia, Jews, Christians, and other religious minorities in the Ottoman Empire

Courses Taught

HIST 148 - Warriors, Concubines, and Converts: The Ottoman Empire in the Middle East & Europe
HIST 234 - The Horse in World History
HIST 306 - Gunpowder, Art, and Diplomacy: Islamic Empires in the Early Modern World