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Pinar Kayaalp

Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern History

Year Joined RCNJ: 2008

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-6211
  • Email:
  • Office: B-215
  • Office Hours: MR 1:00-2:00 pm; W 10:00-11:00 am


  • B.A. Bryn Mawr College 1995
  • M.A. The University of Chicago 1997
  • Ph.D., Harvard University 2005

Courses Offered:

  • Women in Middle Eastern Societies
  • Ottoman Empire
  • History of islamic Civilizations
  • World Civilizations I and II
  • Islamic Art and Architecture

Teaching Interests:

  • History of the Middle East
  • Islamic History
  • Women’s History
  • History of Art and Architecture

Research Interests:

  • Ottoman Empire 1450-1750

Scholarly Activity:

  • Kayaalp, P. The Empress Nurbanu and Ottoman Politics in the 16th Century: Building the Atik Valide by Routledge Press for their Series in Middle Eastern History (2018)
Academic Translations
  • Kayaalp P. (trans.), Metin Sözen and Şemsi Güner. Turkish Decorative Arts, Istanbul: Hürriyet Gazetecilik ve Matbaacılık (1999).
  • Kayaalp, P. (trans.), Metin Sözen. Topkapı, Istanbul: Hürriyet Gazetecilik ve Matbaacılık (1998).
  • Kayaalp, P. “An analysis of the hospitals of Sultan Suleyman and Hurrem: Two different approaches to healthcare in sixteenth-century Ottoman Empire,” Journal of Medical Biography, FORTHCOMING. Preview available of Abstract since January 16, 2017.
  • Kayaalp, P. “The Use of Male Legal Representatives by Ottoman Women in their Interactions with the Islamic Courts, 1550-1650.” History Research, Vol. 3 No. 5 (June 2013): 26-30.
  • Frontier Warriors as Cultural Mediators: Shifting Identities of Byzantine and Turkish March Fighters as Elicited from Anatolian Epic Literature.” Mediaevistik, 28 (2013)
  • “The Use of Islamic Court Records in the Study of the Status of Women in Ottoman Society.” American International Journal of Contemporary Research, Vol. 2 No. 1 (January 2012): 157-162.
  • Vakfiye and inscriptions: an interpretation of the written records of the Atik Valide Mosque Complex,” International Journal of Islamic Architecture, Vol. 1 No. 2 (July 2012): 301-324.
Book Chapters & Encyclopedia Entries
  • Kayaalp, P. “Foucault on the Diffusion of Power.” Chapter in Berch Berberoglu (ed.), Social Theory, Classical and Contemporary: A Critical Perspective, Routledge Press, (2017): 237-248.
  • Kayaalp, P. “Rabi’a al-Adawiyya.” Entry in Coeli Fitzpatrick and Adam Hani Walker (eds.), Muhammad in History, Thought and Culture: An Encyclopedia of the Prophet of God, Oxford: ABC-CLIO Publishers (2014): 513-514.
  • Kayaalp, P. “Bosphorus Strait.” John Zumerchick and Steven Danver (eds.), Seas and Waterways of the World: An Encyclopedia of History, Uses, and Issues, Oxford: ABC-CLIO Publishers (2009): 73-76.
  • Kayaalp, P. “Circumcision.” Peter N. Steams (ed.), Encyclopedia of the Modern World, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press (2008): 179-181.
  • Kayaalp, P. “The Role of Imperial Mosque Complexes (1543-1583) in the Urbanization of Üsküdar.” Albrecht Classen (ed.), de Gruyter Handbook of Medieval Studies: Concepts, Methods, Historical Developments, and Current Trends in Medieval Studies, Berlin and New York: de Gruyter Press (2009): 645-666.
  • Kayaalp, P. “The Atik Valide’s Endowment Deed: A Textual Analysis.” N. Ergin, C. K. Neumann and A. Singer (eds.), Feeding People, Feeding Power: Imarets in the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul: Eren Publishers (2007): 261-273.
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