Kanunî Süleyman Professor of Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, History, and the College

Faculty Member, Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies
Faculty Member, Renaissance Studies

PhD'82 Princeton University

Mailing Address

The University of Chicago
Near East Languages and Civilizations
5828 S. University Avenue
Pick Hall, room 301
Chicago, IL 60637

Pick Hall, room 216 – Office
(773) 702-8342 – Telephone

Field Specialties

Middle Eastern studies; Ottoman history; Islamic history


Professor Fleischer focuses primarily on Ottoman history, specializing in the Age of Suleyman. Currently he is working on a major work on Suleyman the Lawgiver as well as a number of papers dealing with the time period. In addition, he has begun work on Apocalypticism and its relationship to his field of study. Professor Fleischer also sits on the editorial board of a number of publications, including the Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History and the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.


"A Different Sort of Scholar: 'Abd al-Rahman al-Bistami (d. 1454) and the Science of Letters." Festschrift Hans Georg Majer. Munich, forthcoming, 2000.

"Seer and Sultan: Remmal Hadar and Suleyman the Lawgiver." Festschrift Halil Inalcik. Istambul, forthcoming, 2000.

"Imperialism and the Apocalypse, 1450-1550," Annales, forthcoming.

Bureaucrat and Intellectual in the Ottoman Empire: The Historian Mustafa Ali (1541–1600). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1986; revised edition, University of California Press, 2000.

"Between the Lines: Realities of Scribal Life in the Sixteenth Century." Studies in Ottoman History in Honour of Victor Menage. Istanbul, 1994.

"Secretaries Dreams: Augury and Angst in the Ottoman Scribal Service," Armagan: Festschrift fur Andreas Tietze. Prague, 1994.


Presented Order of Merit, Turkey's Highest Civilian Order, by President Gül