Hasan Kayalı

Hasan Kayalı teaches the history of the Middle East in the Islamic period. He studied at Harvard University, where he received his B.A. in Government and doctorate in History and Middle Eastern Studies. He has written on the administration of Arab provinces in the late Ottoman Empire and nationalism and rival ideologies during the transition from empire to nation-states.


Arabs and Young Turks: Ottomanism, Arabism, and Islamism in the Second Constitutional Period of the Ottoman Empire, 1908-1918. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

In translation: Jön Türkler ve Araplar, tr. Türkan Yöney. Istanbul: Tarih VakfıYurt Yayınları, 1998.

Al-harakah al-qawmiyah al-'arabiyah bi 'uyun 'uthmaniyah, tr. Fadil Jatkar. Damascus: Qadmus Press, 2003.

Edited works

Empire to Nation: Historical Perspectives on the Making of the Modern World. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, co-edited with Joseph W. Esherick and Eric Van Young, 2006.

“Studies in Late Ottoman Islam.” Archivum Ottomanicum 19 (2001), co-edited with Kevin Reinhart.

Selected articles and chapters

“Ottoman and German Imperial Objectives in Syria during World War I: Synergies and Strains behind the Front Lines” in War and Collapse: World War I and the Ottoman State, eds. M. Hakan Yavuz and Feroz Ahmad. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2015.

“A Glimpse from the Periphery: Medina in the Young Turk Era” in Istanbul as Seen from a Distance, eds. Elisabeth Özdalga,  Sait Özervarlı, Feryal Tansuğ,. Istanbul: Swedish Research Institute, 2011.

Hicaz Vilayetinde II. Meşrutiyet: Değişim ve Devamlılık.” II. Meşrutiyet’i Yeniden Düşünmek, ed. Ferdan Ergut. Istanbul: Tarih Vakfı Yurt Yayınları, 2009.

"Liberal Practices in the Transformation from Empire to Nation-State: The Rump Ottoman Empire, 1918-1923." The Roots of Liberal Thought in the Eastern Mediterranean, ed. Christoph Schumann, Leiden: Brill, 2008.

"The Independence Struggle."In the Cambridge History of Turkey, vol. 4, edited by Reşat Kasaba. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

“Arapların 1908 Meşrutiyet Tecrübesi.” Dîvân Disiplinlerarası Çalışmalar Dergisi 13 (2008).

Current projects

Book length study on the end of Ottoman Empire and formation of new political identities (1918-23)

Article length study on the Ottoman experience of World War I and historiographical problems and trends.

  • HINE 114 History of the Islamic Middle East, 600-1800
  • HINE 116 The Middle East in the Age of Empire
  • HINE 118 The Middle East in the Twentieth Century
  • HINE 127 History of Modern Turkey
  • HINE 186/286 Special Topics in Middle Eastern history
  • HINE 257 Readings in the History of the Modern Middle East
  • HINE 275 Research seminar in Middle Eastern history