Assistant Professor (tenured)Gara-200H

Official Government Gazette, Issue: 1777/30.12.2014 τ.Γ
Academic field: History of the Balkans, 15th-18th centuries

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+30 22510 36337

Eleni Gara studied History and Archaeology at the University of Athens. She did post-graduate studies at the University of Vienna’s Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies and at the Institute for Oriental Studies, and earned her PhD degree from the University of Vienna in 2001. She was the Hannah Seeger Davis post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University’s Program in Hellenic Studies for the academic year 2001-02. She is a member of the Comité International d’Études Pré-ottomanes et Ottomanes, the Turkish Studies Association and the Etaireia Meletes Neou Ellenismou, and a member of the scientific advisory board of the project Historiography in Ottoman Europe (Ruhr-University Bochum). Her research and teaching activity focuses on the social history of the Ottoman Balkans and the Greek world in the early modern times. Her publications include a book on interreligious relations, an edited volume on popular protest and political participation, and articles on various topics of early modern Ottoman social and economic history.

Current Courses

H-235 History of the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1839 (compulsory course)
CHC-3 Socio-economic transformation: The crisis of the 17th century and the transformation of the Ottoman world (graduate course, MA in Crisis and Historical Change )

Courses Taught

H-232 The Balkan Slavs, 15th-18th centuries (elective course)
H-233 Islam and Christianity in the early modern times (elective course)
H-237 Everyday life in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean, 15th-18th centuries (elective course)
W/S-016 The Ottoman sharia court (elective seminar)
W/S-020 Sources for the history of the Ottoman Balkans (elective seminar)
W/S-054 Travel and travelers in the Ottoman realm (elective seminar)
W/S-069 Greek History in European Perspective (elective seminar taught jointly)


2015. Christians and Muslims in the Ottoman Empire: Institutional framework and social dynamics (with Yorgos Tzedopoulos, in Greek). Athens: SEAB.

2013. Greek Paradoxes: Patronage, civil society and violence (editor, with K. Rozakou, in Greek). Athens: Alexandreia.

2011. Popular Protest and Political Participation in the Ottoman Empire: Studies in honor of Suraiya Faroqhi (editor, with M.E. Kabadayı and C.K. Neumann). Istanbul: Bilgi University Press.

Articles and Book chapters (selection)

2018. “Prophecy, rebellion, suppression: Revisiting the revolt of Dionysios the Philosopher in 1611”. In G. Salinero, Á. García Garrido and R. Păun (eds), Paradigmes rebelles: Pratiques et cultures de la désobéissance à l’époque moderne, Brussels: Peter Lang, 335-363.

2017. «Conceptualizing interreligious relations in the Ottoman Empire: The early modern centuries». Acta Poloniae Historica 116, 57-91.

2015. “The rural hinterland of Karaferye: Settlements, divisions and the çiftlik phenomenon (seventeenth-eighteenth centuries)”. In E. Kolovos (ed.), Ottoman rural societies and economies, Rethymno: Crete University Press, 261-291 (with Antonis Anastasopoulos).

2012. “Patterns of collective action and political participation in the early modern Balkans”. In A. Anastasopoulos (ed.), Political initiatives ‘from the bottom up’ in the Ottoman Empire, Rethymno: Crete University Press, 399-433.

2011. “Popular protest and the limitations of sultanic justice”. In E. Gara, M.E. Kabadayı and C.K. Neumann (eds), Popular protest and political participation in the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul: Bilgi University Press, 89-104.

2010. “Partiality in the administration of justice at the Ottoman kadi courts”. In K. Lappas, A. Anastasopoulos and E. Kolovos (eds), Mneme Penelopes Stathe, Herakleio: Crete University Press, 39-54 (in Greek).

2008. “Ottoman social history: Trends of research and the issue of reflexivity”. In Ph. Tsimpiridou and D. Stamatopoulos (eds), Orientalismos sta oria, Athens: Kritike, 99-124 (in Greek).

2007. “Marrying in seventeenth century Mostar”. In E. Kolovos, Ph. Kotzageorgis, S. Laiou and M. Sariyannis (eds), The Ottoman Empire, the Balkans, the Greek lands, Istanbul: The Isis Press, 115-134.

2005/06. “Neomartyr without a message”. Archivum Ottomanicum 23, 155-175.

2005. “Moneylenders and landowners: In search of urban Muslim elites in the early modern Balkans”. In A. Anastasopoulos (ed.), Provincial elites in the Ottoman Empire, Rethymno: Crete University Press, 135-147.

2005. “Çuha for the janissaries – Velençe for the poor: Competition for raw material and work-force between Salonica and Veria, 1600-1650”. In S. Faroqhi and R. Deguilhem (eds), Crafts and craftsmen of the Middle East, London–New York: I.B. Tauris, 121-152.

1999. “Ottoman attitudes on crime and punishment”. Mnemon 21, 37-54 (with A. Anastasopoulos, in Greek).

1998. “In search of communities in seventeenth-century Ottoman sources”. Turcica 30, 135-162.