Late Classical Period Project

The Late Classical Period Project
With the aim of unveiling the intellectual heritage accumulated between the 13th and 19th centuries which can be called as “the Late Classical Period” of Islamicate Civilization, the Late Classical Period Project which is an umbrella project including many sub-projects is put on the agenda by İSAM.
Within today’s historiographical framework, history of Islamicate civilization is tried to be written by a presupposition that after Mongol invasion, Islamicate civilization in general and Islamic thought and sciences in particular had faced with a recession period. In the West, this viewpoint which was created in the 19th century and spread through the colonization process among the muslims has made our judgments deficient. And consequently, Islamicate history could not be addressed as a whole with its thought, art, institutions, eminent figures, literature and incidents.
Studies in this frame, will shed light not only on a specific period of the history of Islamic civilization but also on a very important era of the human history. ISAM aims at carrying out an umbrella project which is centered upon this period and which includes many sub-projects. This umbrella project will provide new possibilities and research fields to the researchers in Muslim world and will lead to the production of more fruitful works. It will also enable the heritage of Islamic culture to be used in academic works and it will reveal the methodological problems regarding the studies on Islamic civilization and will pave the way for solving them. Through these works, the academic problems and issues discussed at the Late Classical Period will be regained and put forward to the agenda of today’s academia. Thus, it will be possible to benefit from the accumulation of the past when identifying, analyzing, criticizing and solving the present problems and building the new era. 
The scope of the works related to this period will include works regarding Islamic studies, Islamic thought, the history of Islamic sciences, the arts in Islamic civilization, and finally comparative works about Islamic civilization and other civilizations. The projects will focus on Ottoman territories, sub-Saharan Africa, Indian subcontinent from the beginning of Delhi Sultanate and the Central Asia and Iran after the Mongol Invasion. In the framework of the project, catalogues, research studies, critical editions and translation books are planned to be published.

 Click to see the news about “International Critical Edition Workshop” held within the scope of the Project.
  • Check for the critical edition courses organized at ISAM in order to train editors within the scope of the project:
  • Click to see the news about the seminar titled “Between Theory and Practice, the Publication of Manuscripts” held within the scope of the Project.
  • Click for the edited and original works published within the scope of the Late Classical Period Project 



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