Professor Baer's book 'The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars and Caliphs' (Basic Books) was shortlisted for the 2022 Wolfson History Prize.
Jaipur Literature Festival Interview
In conversation with William Dalrymple at the 2022 Jaipur Literature Festival, Professor Baer unraveled Western notions of sexuality, orientalism, genocide, and history itself, through the chronicles of a formidable world of the Ottoman Empire.
Interview at London Jewish Book Week
Watch this new interview from London Jewish Book Week. Thanks in part to the Ottomans, for much of history Jews have had a positive image of Muslims. In this interview, he discusses his new book "The Ottomans" and charts the intimate relations between Jews and the Ottoman dynasty from the arrival of the expelled Iberian Jews in the fifteenth century to the end of empire in the twentieth century.
Lahore Literary Festival
From 18-20 March, Professor Baer spoke at the Lahore Literary Festival on his new book "The Ottomans". The festival features an array of acclaimed international and national authors and artists in thought provoking panel discussions.
Lecture at the SOAS Middle East Institute
Professor Baer spoke at an online lecture at the SOAS Middle East Institute on his new book "The Ottomans". Watch the recording.
New Podcast Interview
On February 23, Professor Baer spoke with Andrew Keen on the "Keen On" podcast about his new book "The Ottomans" and the Ottoman Empire's enduring impact on Europe and the world.
Featured on the Short History Of... Podcast
The story of the Ottoman Empire is one of surprising alliances and enemies, trade, war and progress. But who were its leaders? How did it become so powerful? And after its eventual collapse, what legacy did it leave behind? Check out the 21 February episode of "Short History Of ... the Ottoman Empire" featuring Professor Baer, who discusses his latest book "The Ottomans" and these questions.
Asian Review of Books Podcast Interview
New interview with Professor Baer with the Asian Review of Books on his new book "The Ottomans"! They discuss Ottoman empire’s rise and “fall", and its legacy, both for Europe and the wider world.
SOAS Live Webinar
Professor Marc David Baer will present at a SOAS live webinar about his recent book "The Ottomans" on 8 March at 5:30pm, chaired by Narguess Farzad (SOAS) and Dina Matar (SOAS).
Ottoman History Podcast
Part 2 of the Ottoman History Podcast interview with Professor Marc David Baer was released on 29 January. In this episode, which covers his book Sultanic Saviours, he explains how the history of Ottoman Jews became part and parcel of a narrative that contrasted the Ottoman Empire's beneficence and tolerance with the anti-Semitism of other European societies. Yet, the image of "Sultanic Saviors" became entangled with the denial not only of anti-Semitism in Turkey but also of violence against Christians in the late Ottoman Empire and the Armenian Genocide. Listen to the podcast
Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association event
Professor Baer presented his latest book, The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars, and Caliphs, in conversation with other scholars online for the Ottoman & Turkish Studies Association on 26 January. Read more and watch the event on YouTube.
Book prize for Sultanic Saviors and Tolerant Turks
He named winner of the 2021 Dr Sona Aronian Book Prize for Excellence in Armenian Studies, annually awarded by the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), for his book, Sultanic Saviors and Tolerant Turks: Writing Ottoman Jewish History, Denying the Armenian Genocide (2020, Indiana University Press). Read more
BBC World Service
Catch up with Professor Baer's appearance as one of two panelists on BBC World Service Weekend Programme on 18 December. Listen to his contributions on the topics of the day - part 1, part 2 and part 3.
History Hack podcast
After discussing the origins of the Ottoman Empire, Professor Baer returned to History Hack to talk all about the latter part of the Empire and its ultimate decline. Listen here.
During the month of October, he joined History Hack for a fascinating jaunt through 300 years of Ottoman history. Listen to him talk about his latest book, The Ottomans. He also appeared on the History Film Club podcast to talk about how the Ottomans have been depicted in film and television series(listen to the episode). Later in the month, he discussed Ottoman history in light of his new book on "Letters and Politics" hosted by Mitch Jeserich on radio station KPFA in California and on Australian ABC radio show Late Night Live with Philip Adams. In November, Professor Baer continued to promote his new book in the UK and the world. He appeared in the History Hit, Not Just the Tudors podcast, soon after he was interviewed by Michael Portillo on Times Radio (from 1h36m05s). On 8 November he discussed his book on DublinCityFM's Bookbound programme, he was featured in the Turkey Book Talk podcast on 9 November and he was interviewed on the BBC History Magazine podcast, History Extra on 22 November.
Professor Baer spoke at the “How To Academy” on 19 October, where he presented his major new history of the Ottoman Empire, The Ottomans, showing how it connected East to West as never before. And on 31 October, he spoke at the Oxford Literary Festival. On 4 November, he visited the European Parliament Liaison Office in London for a public talk with Jason Goodwin.
The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars, and Caliphs (Basic Books) was released in October. This new history of the Ottoman dynasty recounts the Ottomans’ remarkable rise from a frontier principality to a world empire, tracing their debts to their Turkish, Mongolian, Islamic, and Byzantine heritage.
Ottoman History Podcast
Check out the first part of a two-part interview where he discusses approaches to the subject of conversion in the Ottoman Empire and the history of the dönme community borne out of the transformations of the seventeenth century. Listen on SoundCloud.
Interviewed in May 2021 for the Notches Blog on his latest book German, Jew, Muslim, Gay: The Life and Times of Hugo Marcus, Dr Baer spoke about how Hugo Marcus's life and work gave him the opportunity to explore not only religious conversion but also the creative, subversive, counterintuitive work people do with hegemonic attempts to classify them. Read more
Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program visiting speaker at Northwestern University
Professor Baer spoke on his book Sultanic Saviors and Tolerant Turks (Indiana University Press, 2020) which sets out to tell a new history that goes against Turkish antisemitism and admits to the Armenian genocide by looking at the complexities of interreligious relations, Holocaust denial, genocide and ethnic cleansing, and confronting some long-standing historical stereotypes. Find out more
Professor Baer released an article in the Münchner Beiträge zur Judischen Geschichte und Kultur (Munich Contributions to Jewish History and Culture). “’Sinning zwischen beiden Welten’. Der Intellektuelle Hugo Marcus und die Agmadiyya-Bewegung zur Verbreitung des Islam’ (14:2, 2020) is part of the journal’s series on Jews and Muslims in Germany in the interwar period. Read it here
Read Professor Baer's interview on one of his latest books, Sultanic Saviors and Tolerant Turks, for Jadaliyya (9 November 2020).
Listen to episode 3 of the International History Now podcast, where Professor Baer shares his views on the Cultural Crises in the Pandemic. Hagia Sophia as a Mosque (August 1, 2020).
Practices of relation
In "Practices of relation" (The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion and the Public Sphere, 20 July 2020) Professor Baer and Sarah Imhoff discuss eachother's latest works and the ways they intersect.
Second book out
Released by Columbia University Press, German, Jew, Muslim, Gay: The Life and Times of Hugo Marcus uses the unconventional story of Hugo Marcus to reveal new aspects of the interconnected histories of Jewish and Muslim individuals and communities, including Muslim responses to Nazism and Muslim experiences of the Holocaust. Read more
Opinion piece in Haaretz
Professor Baer contributed an opinion piece to Haaretz (23 April) on how prominent Jews, from Turkish chief rabbis to Israel’s presidents to US lay leaders, have propped up Turkey’s Armenian genocide denial. That’s only just begun to change. Read it here.
New book released by Indiana University Press
Professor Baer’s latest book Sultanic Saviors and Tolerant Turks was released by Indiana University Press in March. Professor Baer sheds light into what compels Jews in the Ottoman Empire, Turkey, and abroad to promote a positive image of Ottomans and Turks while they deny the Armenian genocide and the existence of antisemitism in Turkey. Read more about the book in the publisher's website.
Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship awarded
Professor Baer was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship for 2018-19. This award will allow Professor Baer, a scholar of the connected histories of Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Europe and Middle East, from the early modern era to the modern, to complete his work on the project “Guided by Goethe: German-Jewish Gay Muslim Writer Hugo Marcus, 1880-1966”. German Jew Hugo Marcus (1880-1966) is the only man to have played an important role in the world’s first gay rights movement and in establishing Islam in Europe. His life and work shed new light on the history of Islam in Europe, Muslim-Jewish relations, and the gay rights struggle. Despite his significance, Marcus is relatively unknown. What is published about him does not incorporate his being German, Jewish, Muslim, and gay. Professor Baer plans to utilise his twelve-month Leverhulme Research Fellowship to write the first biography of Marcus, based on his German-language publications, speeches, private correspondence, and personal documents.
On 10 June, Professor Baer contributed an editorial article to the Berlin portal Taz on the Turkish President Recep Erdogan's antisemitic patterns of thought. Read it in the publication's website [in german].
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.
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. Read more about the event.
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". Read more about the lecture series.