AMEWS Association for Middle East Women's Studies

Didem Havlioğlu, Reviews Editor

Didem Havlioğlu is a literary historian, and her research is focused on the gender construction of the Ottoman Empire’s intellectual culture. Her book, Mihri Hatun: Performance, Gender-bending and Subversion in Early Modern Ottoman Intellectual History (Syracuse University Press, 2017), tells the story of Mihri Hatun (circa 1460-1515), the first woman writer in Ottoman history, whose work survived in manuscript copies. Didem contextualizes Mihri’s writing within the Islamicate literary productions and argues that her work not only performs but also subverts the male-dominant intellectual discourse and space. Didem is currently an Associate Professor of the Practice, teaching in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University.