Research Associates

Fatih Ermiş

Vice director

Phone: +961 (0)1 359237


Fatih Ermiş joined the OIB in 2018 and is responsible for the in-house production of Bibliotheca Islamica (BI). His doctorate from the University of Erfurt was for his thesis “Ottoman Economic Thinking before the 19th Century.” He holds an MA in economic history from Marmara University and a BA in economics from Boğaziçi University, both in Istanbul. Before joining the OIB, he worked as a research assistant for the Chair of History of West Asia at the University of Erfurt and, most recently, as a post-doctoral associate at the Centre for Islamic Theology, University of Tübingen. His main research interest is pre-modern Islamic intellectual history, with a particular focus on intellectual endeavours in Ottoman lands. His work is also concerned with economic, social, religious and literary writing as well as with Sufi thought. His research at the OIB focuses on a famous book of ethics, Aḫlāq-i ‘Alāʾī, written in Damascus by the Ottoman scholar Qinālīzāde ʿAlī Čelebī (1510 – 1572).

Balance as Justice: Deconstruction of premodern ethics on the basis of Qinālīzāde ꜤAlī Chelebī’s Akhlāq-i ꜤAlā’ī

This project deals with the Ottoman understanding of ethics at the intersection of philosophy, mysticism and sharia using the example of Qinālīzāde’s Akhlāq-i ‘Alā’ī. Qinālīzāde ꜤAlī Chelebī (1510-1572), perhaps the most influential moral philosopher in the history of the Ottoman Empire, wrote the Akhlāq-i ‘Alā’ī between 1563 and 1565 in Damascus, where he served as the chief judge.

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A History of Ottoman Economic Thought: Developments before the 19th century, Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2014.

Annotated Edition and Translation

Maḥmūd Šabistarī’s Rosenflor des Geheimnisses, trans. by Hammer-Purgstall, edited, annotated and provided with a Turkish translation with annotations by Fatih Ermiş, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Edition, 2017.

Journal Article

“Bin Altınlık Hazine: Gülşen-i Râz - Önemi, Hakkındaki Literatür, Ele Aldığı Belli Başlı Konular”, Türkiye Araştırmaları Literatür Dergisi, vol. 15, issue 30, 2019, pp. 155-180.


Translation of Namık Kemal’s article “Renan Müdafaanamesi” into German as “Die Verteidigung (des Rufs des Islam) gegen Renan”, in: Birgit Schäbler, Moderne Muslime. Ernest Renan und die Geschichte der ersten Islamdebatte 1883, Schöningh Verlag, 2016, pp. 93-106.

Translation of Suat Mertoğlu’s article “Doğrudan Doğruya Kur’an’dan Alıp İlhamı: Kur’an’a Dönüş’ten Kur’an İslamı’na” into German as “‛Direkt vom Koran inspiriert’: Rückkehr zum Koran oder ein Koranischer Islam”, HIKMA – Zeitschrift für Islamische Theologie und Religionspädagogik, vol. 5, issue 8, 2014, pp. 9-37.

Book Reviews

Book review of Meltem Toksöz’s The Çukurova: From Nomadic Life to Commercial Agriculture, 1800-1908, Türkiye Araştırmaları Literatür Dergisi, vol. 3, No: 6 (2005).

Book review of Charles Issawi’s The Economic History of Turkey, Türkiye Araştırmaları Literatür Dergisi, vol. 1, No: 1 (2003).