Historian, historiographer, demographer and sociologist – as a 14th century intellectual giant Ibn Haldun was a man of many talents; nearly 650 years from the inception of the Muqaddimah, the History programs at Turkey’s and Istanbul’s brand new Ibn Haldun University also aspire to a similarly complex, multi-faceted, interdisciplinary, comparative and sociological richness capable of transcending both a Eurocentric and a narrowly Ottoman-Turkish approach. In the Fall of 2017, these will begin with a BA in History built along three tracks, to be followed by the an MA in History in the Fall of 2018 and a year later by a PhD in History. In all cases, English will be the primary language of instruction, complemented by proficiency in Modern Turkish as well as the requisite research languages of Ottoman Turkish, Arabic and Persian. In turn, such linguistic skills shall pave the way for a combination of high standards in empirical research with broad theoretical horizons.
History in the Core Curriculum
All IHU undergraduates will be sharing the same 12 (six per semester) University Courses in their first year. Included in this initial tier of our core curriculum are: a two-course sequence on world history; a complementary two-course sequence of corresponding readings on world art and literature; a two-course sequence on 19th and 20th century Turkish history; and another complementary two-course sequence of corresponding selections from 19th and 20th century Turkish literature. These 8 courses are intended to impart a strong introductory historical knowledge of Turkey as well as of the world.