Dr Mehmet Mehdi Ilhan

BA (Hons) Leeds University, PhD Manchester University
Lecturer & Convenor Turkish Language Program
College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Language Studies Not Elsewhere Classified 200399
  • Middle Eastern Literature 200523
  • Historical Studies 2103
  • Other History And Archaeology 2199

Research interests

Ottoman language, modern Turkish language, Ottoman and Turkish history and culture, and the history of Islam.


Dr Ilhan has a BA (Hons) in Arabic and Religious Studies from Leeds University, and a PhD in History from the University of Manchester. Dr. Ilhan is a specialist in History and Socio-economic History of the Ottoman Empire and History of Islam. He has taught Turkish Language at the University of Manchester, History at Ankara University, History and Turkish Language at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia (in Arabic) and History at Al al-Bayt University of Jordan (in Arabic).

Prior to taking up his appointment at the Australian National University in 2003, Dr Ilhan was Professor and Chair of the Department of History, Middle East Technical University, Ankara (1989-2003). His most recent publication are "The Town of Çankiri: Its Population and Development" in Imber, C. and Kiyotaki, K (eds), Frontiers of Ottoman Studies, vol. 1, I.B. Tauris, London 2005, pp. 127-138; 'Çankiri in History: Insight from Ottoman Documents’ in Roger Matthews and Claudia Glatz (eds.): At Empires’ Edge: Project Paphlagonia, Regional Survey in North Central Turkey, London: British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara 2009, pp. 227-238, and Ilhan, M. M.  (ed.): Gallipoli: History, Memory and National Imagination, Ankara: Türk Tarih Kurumu (Turkish Historical Society) 2014.


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