Alp Eren Topal

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Alp Eren Topal is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie post-doctoral fellow with his research project “Messianic Conceptions of Politics and Authoritarianism in Turkey 1850-2015.”

Topal has received his PhD in 2017 fom Bilkent University, Department of Political Science with his dissertation titled “From Decline to Progress: Ottoman Concepts of Reform 1600-1876.” His research is broadly concerned with a revisionist history of Ottoman-Turkish political thought, through a long duree study of key concepts. He is also interested in questions of modernization, secularization, national identity formation, tradition, temporalization and transformation of religio-political discourse in the Ottoman nineteenth century. 

Topal’s Marie Curie project aims to trace the how Messianic conceptions of time and politics informed authoritarian leadership and legitimation practices in Turkey. An overarching of the project is how tradition, both discursive and practical, influence politics and institutions. At UiO, Topal is also associated with two ongoing research projects: LIFETIMES and EPIDEMICS.

Topal is a recipient of Gerta Henkel post-doctoral scholarship and a member of the Historical Society (Tarih Vakfı) of Turkey. Formerly he spent one year at Basel University, Department of Middle East Studies as a visiting PhD student and one year at Binghamton University as a visiting scholar.  

Recent publications:

Topal, Alp Eren & Wigen, Einar (2019) “Ottoman Conceptual History: Challenges and Prospects,” Contributions to the History of Concepts 14(1): 93- 114.

Topal, Alp Eren ed. (2018) Sürgünde Muhalefet: Namık Kemal’in Hürriyet Gazetesi (Istanbul: VBKY)

Topal, Alp Eren (2017) “Against Influence: Ziya Gökalp in Context and Tradition,” Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies 28(3): 283-310.



  • Topal, Alp Eren; Aydın-Düzgit, Senem & Rumelili, Bahar (2022). Challenging anti-Western historical myths in populist discourse: re-visiting Ottoman Empire–Europe interaction during the 19th century. European Journal of International Relations. ISSN 1354-0661. 28(3), p. 513–537. doi: 10.1177/13540661221095945.
  • Jordheim, Helge; Op de Beke, Laura; Bjordal, Sine Halkjelsvik; Zuiderveen Borgesius, Leonoor; Brenna, Brita & Flatø, Emil Henrik [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2022). Fossilization, or the matter of historical futures . History and Theory. ISSN 0018-2656. 61(1), p. 4–26. doi: 10.1111/hith.12250.
  • Topal, Alp Eren (2021). Political Reforms as Religious Revival: The Conceptual Foundations of Tanzimat. Oriente Moderno. ISSN 0030-5472. 101, p. 153–180. Full text in Research Archive
  • Topal, Alp Eren (2021). Ottomanism in History and Historiography: Fortunes of a Concept . In Chovanec, Johanna & Heilo, Olof (Ed.), Narrated Empires : Perceptions of Late Habsburg and Ottoman Multinationalism. Palgrave Macmillan. ISSN 978-3-030-55198-8. p. 77–98. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-55199-5_4.
  • Topal, Alp Eren (2020). Order as a chronotope of Ottoman political writing. Contemporary Levant. ISSN 2058-1831. doi: 10.1080/20581831.2020.1710668. Full text in Research Archive
  • Topal, Alp Eren & Wigen, Einar (2019). Ottoman conceptual history: Challenges and prospects. Contributions to the History of Concepts. ISSN 1807-9326. 14(1), p. 93–114. doi: 10.3167/choc.2019.140105. Full text in Research Archive

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