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Professor Marc David Baer

Professor of International History

Other Titles: MSc Examinations Board Chair
Research Interests: Early Modern and Modern Europe and Middle East; Ottoman Empire; Turkey; Germany
Room: SAR.3.17
Tel: +44 (0)20 7849 4975

Professor Marc David Baer’s research focuses on the connected histories of Christians, Jews, and Muslims in European and Middle Eastern history, from the early modern era to the modern .

His first book, Honored by the Glory of Islam: Conversion and Conquest in Ottoman Europe (Oxford, 2008, Turkish translation, IV. Mehmet
Döneminde Osmanlı Avrupasında İhtida ve Fetih, Hil, 2010), analyzes how Muslim proselytizers conceived and practiced converting other Muslims, as well as Christians and Jews to their interpretation of Islam. Honored by the Glory of Islam was awarded the Albert Hourani Prize of the Middle East Studies Association of North America as the best book in Middle East Studies, 2008. The monograph was also short listed as the best first book in the History of Religions by the American Academy of Religion, 2009. He ends Honored by the Glory of Islam with the conversion to Islam of a group of messianic Jews in seventeenth-century Ottoman Salonika, which is the focus of his second monograph, The Dönme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks (Stanford, 2010, Turkish translation, Selânikli Dönmeler: Musevilikten Dönenler, Müslüman Devrimciler, ve Laik Türkler, Doğan, 2011). The Dönme is the first complete history of a secretive Ottoman community from its origins to its dissolution in twentieth-century Istanbul. The Dönme was named finalist, Sephardic Culture category at the National Jewish Book Awards, 2010.

Dr Baer's latest book is called At Meydanı’nda Ölüm: 17. Yüzyıl İstanbul'unda Toplumsal Cinsiyet, Hoşgörü ve İhtida (Death on theHippodrome: Gender, Tolerance, and Conversion in 17th century Istanbul). It was published in Turkish in Istanbul by Koç Yayınları in 2016.

In addition to these two monographs, he has written a number of academic articles, including:

Full list of publications on LSE Research Online

Professor Marc David Baer teaches the following courses:

At undergraduate level:

HY118: Faith, Power and Revolution: Europe and the Wider World, c.1500-c.1800 (jointly with other members of the Department)

HY324: Muslim-Jewish Relations: History and Memory in the Middle East and Europe, 622-1945

At postgraduate level:

HY459: The Ottoman Empire and its Legacy, 1299-1950

Professor Baer is supervising the following PhD students:

Research Student Provisional Thesis Title
Judith Jacob (2016-17) Foreign Affairs: The Formation of the Jemaah Islamiyah and the Rise of the Global Jihadist Movement in Indonesia
Vishnu Juwono (2016-17) Eradicating Corruption in Indonesia: A History of Governance Reform, Anti-Corruption Initiatives, and Democratisation in Post-Suharto Indonesia
Vinay Pathak (2016-17) The 'Ray of Islam': Ahamdiyya Socio Political and Islamist Debates in Indonesia

Professor Marc David Baer earned his BA degree at Northwestern University and his PhD at the University of Chicago. Before joining LSE in 2013, Baer taught at Tulane University, New Orleans, and the University of California, Irvine.


New Book by Professor Marc Daviv Baer

Professor Marc David Baer's new book was released in May 2016. The book, published in Turkish, is a collection of his articles and it’s called At Meydanı’nda Ölüm: 17. Yüzyıl İstanbul'unda Toplumsal Cinsiyet, Hoşgörü ve İhtida (Death on theHippodrome: Gender, Tolerance, and Conversion in 17th century Istanbul). Read more about it here.


Professor Marc David Baer at CRASSH

Professor Marc Baer gave a presentation on "Conspiracy Theories about Jews in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey" on 24 November 2015 at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge. The event was part of a series of public talks from the Leverhulme-funded project Conspiracy and Democracy. Full details about the event can be found here.
Professor Marc David Baer's Event in Oxford 

Professor Marc David Baer gave a lecture at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies on 26 October 2015. The event was part of the David Patterson Lectures. Professor Baer talked about "Jewish accounts of the Ottomans: From Sultanic Saviours to Turkish Rescuers". More information about the lecture series can be found here. | Event Poster








Marc David Baer



Other Book (in Turkish)