Didem Z Havlioglu
Associate Professor of the Practice of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

I am a literary historian working on women and gender in the Muslim world, particularly the Ottoman Turkish literary history. My book, Mihri Hatun: Performance, Gender-bending and Subversion in Ottoman Intellectual History (Syracuse University Press, 2017) is about the first woman writer in the Muslim world, Mihri Hatun (d. circa 1512) whose collection of poetry survived. I examine Mihri's writing within the Islamicate literary traditions and argue that her work not only performs but also subverts the male-dominant intellectual discourse and space.

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