Halil İnalcık (1916–2016): a preliminary anatomy of a legacy

Amy Singer*

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Halil Inalcik (1916–2016) was the pre-eminent historian of the Ottoman Empire in the world from his establishment as a published scholar in the 1950s until the time of death. This article is an initial examination of his legacy to the study of Ottoman history broadly. His goal was to create an empirically-based narrative of Ottoman history from beginning to end, based on exploitation of the vast resources of the Ottoman archives as well as the extensive library of Ottoman narrative chronicles, together with non-Ottoman sources. In addition, he invested extensive energies in training several generations of Ottoman historians. Overall, his impact on scholarly and public perceptions of the Ottoman Empire has been unmatched to the present day.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-137
Number of pages9
JournalMediterranean Historical Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2017


  • Halil Inalcik
  • Ottoman historiography
  • Ottoman history


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