Huricihan Islamoglu

Huricihan Islamoglu

former Visiting Fellow

Huri Islamoglu is former Visiting Fellow at Gateway House. She is been Professor of Economic History, Bogazici University, Istanbul; and former Visiting Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley. She has also taught at Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), and New York University. Her publications include (with Peter Perdue) Shared Histories of Modernity  in China, India and the Ottoman empire (2009), Constituting Modernity: Private Property in the  East and  West (2004), Ottoman Empire and the World Economy (1987); State  and Peasant in the Ottoman Empire (1994). She has written and  lectured in fields of economic history, political economy, legal history, rural history, history of  the state and administration, globalization and agriculture,   global governance and law. She is engaged in writing a world history. She focuses on the concern for government and in that relation law (statecraft) as a common thread that binds together histories of different world regions since the 15th century in a world historical of continued commercial expansion and military/political competition among political entities. Geographically her work addresses Ming and Qing China, Ottoman empire, Germany and England in the 19th centuries. She is also interested in issues of governing the present-day global societies, and what law is in that context. She is interested to participate in  conversations with economic historians, historians who work on comparative or transnational history as well as in engaging in conversations with jurists on global governance and law. Huri has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1979, an M.A. in Economic history, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1972, has worked in the Economic History, Ph.D. program, at University of Chicago, 1967‑ 1969, Economics and History, BS University of Chicago, Ohio, 1965‑67, Economics

World History, International Political Economy, Global Governance

Last modified: March 15, 2022

Recent projects

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16 February 2022 Gateway House

Afghanistan in the Sino-U.S. contestation

Themes of rivalry between China and the U.S., of China's readiness to fill the void left by the U.S. withdrawal in Afghanistan, dominate accounts of recent developments in that country. What does China's inclusion in the power game in Asia, with a geopolitical vision remarkably different from that of the West, mean for the developments in Afghanistan?
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28 March 2019 Gateway House

Afghanistan: Development against the odds

The people of Afghanistan, torn by war, ethnic strife and geoeconomic contestation for their country’s rich natural resources, have paid by forsaking the assurances of daily life. But President Ashraf Ghani has shown them that normalcy can return and it is possible to hold regular elections. The author, a guest of the President and First Lady, travelled through the country in October 2018 to record her impressions of a resilient people who have reason to hope for a different future 
Smoke rises after an U.S.-led air strike in the Syrian town of Kobani Ocotber 8, 2014.     REUTERS/Umit Bektas Courtesy: IB Times
22 December 2016 Gateway House

Syria: energy battles to regional alliances

Aleppo is back under the control of the Syrian government, the Russian ambassador to Ankara is assassinated for his country’s role in Syria, and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump wants to cooperate with Russia to fight ISIS in Syria. These momentous events in modern history compel an assessment of the geopolitics surrounding Syria.
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18 August 2016 Gateway House

Turkey’s fight for democracy

The July coup in Turkey did not achieve its objective of eliminating President Erdogan, who has, ironically, emerged a ‘national hero.’ Does this signal a new beginning? An analysis of the factors impending upon the colossal repair-and-rebuild task before the country.