Bodossaki Lectures on Demand

Wittmann Richard

Associate Director, Orient-Institut Istanbul


Richard Wittmann (Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University 2008) is the Associate Director of the Orient-Institut Istanbul. After studying Law, Islamic Studies, and Turcology at the University of Munich and at Freie Universität Berlin he was awarded a scholarship from Harvard University where he continued his studies at the Department of History and at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

His research interests focus on Islamic legal history and the social history of the Ottoman Empire. Special attention is given in his work to the consideration of self-narratives as historic sources for the study of the Near East.

Richard Wittmann coordinates an international collaborative research project aiming at the study and publication of Ottoman self-narratives ( He is the editor of the publication series Memoria. Fontes Minores ad Historiam Imperii Ottomanici Pertinentes ( and (co)editor of the monograph series Self-Narratives of the Ottoman Realm: Individual and Empire in the Near East (Farnham: Ashgate).