Dr. Sevba Abdula


Sevba Abdula was born in 1984 in Skopje. In 2008, he graduated in economics at the University of Ankara. He completed his graduate studies at Istanbul University, in the Department of Political Sciences and International Relations on the topic “Religion and Nationalism: The Case of the Serbian Orthodox Church and Serbian Nationalism. He completed also is doctorate studies in the Department of Political Sciences and International Relations at University of Marmara on the topic “Power, History and Identity:Narrative of Ottoman and Habsburg Emrpire in the Serbian historiography and history textbooks ”.His research is focused on the Balkans, nationalism, religion-state relations, history textbooks and Serbian nationalism.

Dr. Murat Aliu


Murat Aliu was born in 1990. He finished his undergraduate studies at the State University of Tetova in 2011 at the Faculty of Law and obtained the title graduate jurist. He pursued his graduate studies at the Istanbul University in the Department of Political Sciences and International Relations, and in 2015 he defended his master thesis on the topic“The Conservative Thinkers and their Viewpoints: The Essential Problems of the Conservative Thinking: The Case of Turkey”. In the same year he started his doctorate studies at the same university and department. The scientific fields in which he continues his research are: Macedonian nationalism, ideologies, contemporary political theories, post-modern theories.

Assoc. Prof. Zahid Atçıl ( Editors )


Zahid Atçil was born in 1982 in Istanbul, where he finished his primary and highschool eduation. In 2005 he graduated from the Department of Political Sciences and History at the Boğaziçi University. He continued his graduate studies at the University of Chicago in the Department of Near East Languages and Civilizations and graduated in 2015 with his doctorate thesis titled “State and Government in the Sixteenth-Century Ottoman Empire: The Grand Vizierates of Rüstem Pasha (1544-1561)”. Atçil is interested in the history of ottoman diplomacy, bureaucracy and the ottoman intellectual history. He continues to work in the History Department at the İstanbul Medeniyet University.

Dr. Bujamin Bela


Bujamin Bela was born in 1986. In 2009 he obtained his bachelors degree from the Department of Business Administration at St. Cyril and Methodius Univeristy. In 2013, he obtained his masters degree in the MBA program at St. Cyril and Methodius Univeristy defending his thesis titled “The creation of integrated reward systems in the food industry organizations and a research on this topic”. In 2019, he completed his doctorate thesis in the Department of Business Administration at Istanbul University, in the Department of Human Resources on the topic “The Effect of the Perception of Pay Equality on the Intention to Leave the Work and the Moderation Role of Working Conditions and a Research on the Subject”. He now works as a lecturer at Mother Theresa University in Skopje and pursues his studies on business, management, pay equality and equity, and the economics of Northern Macedonia and the Balkans.

Dr. Sedad Beşlija


Sedad Beshlija was born in 1985. He finished his primary education in Bosnia and Istanbul and his highschool at Gazi Hüsrev Bey Madrasa in Sarajevo. In 2009, he graduated from State University of Sarajevo, at Faculty of Phylosophy, Department of History, Subject of Turkish History, Language and Literature. In 2009, he defended his university exam in the topic “XVI Islamic Culture in Bosnia and Herzegovina until the 15th century. He successfully completed his graduate studies in the period 2009-2011 in the major of Ottoman Administration in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 15th – 18th centuries with the thesis “The measures taken and the methods applied for the stability of the ottoman rule in Bosnia until the end of the 16th century.” He finished his doctorate program at State University of Sarajevo in the years 2012-2015 in the subject: The Ottoman Administration in Bosnia and Nerzegovina from 1463 until 1839, and his doctorate dissertation “The Socio-Political Situation in the Sandzak of Herzegovina from the Zsitvatorok Treaty until the Peace Treaty of Karlovac (1606-1699)”. In May 2019 he was elected vice-director of the Institue of History in Sarajevo. Beshlija has published numerous translations, 21 articles and researches in the field of history, including the book “Istimalet – the Ottoman Political Strategy in the 15th and 16th century” (The Institute of History at the University of Sarajevo, 1st edition, 2017 in Bosnian Language.) He has attended many symposyums and conferences on history and has led 7 scientific projects.

Prof. Dr. Shener Bilali


Shener Bilalli finished his primary education in the municipality of Tearce, and his highschool in the Medical Highschool in Tetova. In 2003 he completed his master studies in the Department of History at Ankara Gazi University. At the Institute of Education Studies of the same university he finished his second master in the subject of history on the topic “The Image of the Ottomans in the History Schoolbooks in Macedonia”. He finished his doctorate studies in 2012, at Macedonian History Institute on the topic “Ottoman Cities between the 18th-20th century”. Since 2008 he has been working as an assistant atInternational Balkan University in Skopje. At this university, he has had other administrative and academic roles, such as rector’s administrative assistant, chief of department, dean of the Faculty of Communications, member of the Senate and vice-Rector. Currently he is a docent and vice-rector of this university since 2016. He continues to pursue his lectures and academic studies in the field of political history, history of the Balkans and history of civilization.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ali Erken


He finished his undergraduate studies in the field of sociology, and his graduate and post-graduate studies in the field of history. Erken studies the intellectual and cultural interactions of political history in the 20th century. Currently he works at Institute of Marmara University for Research on the Middle East and Islamic Countries.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mevludin Ibish


Mevludin Ibish was born in Skopje. He finished his undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Law, Department of Political Sciences at St. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, North Macedonia. He obtained his master degree from Bologna University, Faculty of Political Sciences, in Italy and his doctorate degree in the Faculty of Law, University of Novi Pazar, in Serbia. Since 2010, he has been working at International Balkan University, initially as an assistant (2010-2015) and then as a docent (2015-2020). In April 2020, he was given the title associate professor at International Balkan University. At this same university, he has acted as pro-rector (2015-2016). Currently he is a full-ime lecturer at International Balkan University, department of political sciences, and a part-time lecturer at Sabahattin Zaim University in Turkey, department of political sciences and international relations, since 2015/16. His research and analysis expertise is the Balkans and Turkey, with particular focus on the political history, political parties, civil society and the political systems. Ibishi has published articles and reports on the political developments in the West Balkan countries and Turkey, and has conducted analyses on the development of euro-integrating policies, democratic processes, political culture, political leadership and political accountability. He is a member of the scientific board of several scientific magazines, and a participant in the organization of scientific conferences as a member of organizing and scientific boards. Since 2010 he acts as an advisor in the regional company Dauti and is a member of the excecutive board of the Albiz Foundation in Skopje since 2012. He speaks several languages, is married and is a father of three children.

Dr. Agron Islami


Islami finished primary school in his town, and highschool in the city of Gjilan. He graduated from University of Prishtina, Faculty of Languages, Department of Orientalistics (2002/03-2006). He completed his master studies at State University of Sakarya in Turkey, Department of Modern History. His field of expertise during the master studies were the notebooks of the ottoman courts of the 17th century. In 2012/2013 he registered his doctorate studies at State University of Istanbul in Turkey, Department of Modern History and is currently writing his doctorate thesis titled “Kosova during the 18th century (the socio-economic aspect)”. His study field of interest is the history of the Albanians during the ottoman centuries in Kosova, with a special focus on the social and economic aspects of this period. Since 2015 he has been an independent scientific researcher on the ottoman period at the Institute of History “Ali Hadri” in Prishtina.

Dr. Emin Lelic


Emin Lelić completed his education in Zagreb, Köln, and Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where he defended his dissertation on “Ottoman Physiognomy (‘ilm-i firāset): A Window into the Soul of an Empire” in 2017. He is currently working on his monograph on Ottoman physiognomy. His secondary project is on the Ottoman-Habsburg-Venetian border region in the northwestern Balkans. His interests include the history of science, ethics, socio-political thought, imperial border regions, Ottoman Balkans, and Ottoman calligraphy.

Dr. Ahmet Lökçe


He obtained a bachelor degree in 2009 from University of Anatolia, Faculty of Theology, and a second one in 2013 at International Balkan University, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Department of International Economic Relations. In 2017 at University American College in Skopje he finished his master studies at Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Diplomacy and International Relations. Currently he is pursuing his doctorate studies at Sabahattin Zaim University of Istanbul, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Department of Islamic Economics and Finances. Lokçe has worked as editor-in-chief for the Evlad-ı Fatihan magazine which is published since 2010, and has been part of the publishing boards of different magazines. Since 2009 he has been part of various nongovernmental organizations in the field of education, culture and humanitarian aid, as a founding member and as a manager. Lokçe continues his academic studies especially on topics such as theology, economics and technology, and at the same time gives lectures on these topics in various seminars. Lokçe pursues studies in other fields too, such as Islamic economic thought, financial engineering, artificial intelligence-based technologies and the determining elements in the decision making shariah processes in applying these technologies in the sector of finances without interest, the new financial theories, the digitalization and the development of financial softwares in the interdisciplinary axes.

Dr. Deniz Memedi


Deniz Memedi was born in 1989. He finished his undergraduate studies at SouthEast Europe University in 2010 in the field of political sciences. At the same university he finished his graduate studies in the field of diplomacy with his master thesis titled “The Strategic Depth Doctrine and its Impact in Wester Balkans”. In 2015 he was awarded a scholarship by the Turkish Government to pursue his doctorate studies at Yildiz Teknik University in Istanbul in the Department of International Relations. In addition to his academic work, Memedi is a civil society activist. His topics of interest are: Turkish foreign policy in Wester Balkan, International Organizations, Macedonian politics and civil society.

Dr. Fation Shabani


In 2009 Shabani graduated from Uludag University, Faculty of Theology. At the same university he finished his master studies in the field of Islamic Law. Currently he pursues his doctorate studies at Marmara University, Department of Islamic Law. He is also interested in topics such as Islamic and Uprising Law, the Albanian uprisings during the Ottoman Empire. He works as an expert at the international office of Ibn Haldun University.

Prof.Dr. Petar Todorov


Petar Todorov studied history at “Ss Cyril and Methodius” University of Skopje, earned his M.A. degree in Paris from the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales – EHESS in 2006 and PhD degree from “Ss Cyril and Methodius” University of Skopje in 2013. His research interest is history of the 19th and 20th centuries Ottoman Empire and Balkans. He also deals with history education and use & abuse of history in contemporary societies. Participated in projects concerning dealing with the past and reconciliation. From 2009, he is working in the Institute of national history from Skopje.

Assoc.Prof. Fatma Sel Turhan


She graduated from Boğaziçi University, Department of History (1997). 
She completed her master’s degree (2001) with the thesis titled “The Abolition of the Janissary Army and Its Reflections” at the same university and department (2009) and her doctorate with the thesis “Rebelling for the Old Order: Ottoman Bosnia, 1826–1836” (2009). 
A revised version of her doctoral thesis was published by Küre Publishing under the title “In the Name of the Old Order: Ottoman Bosnian Uprising (1826–1836)” and by I. B. Tauris under the title “The Ottoman Empire and the Bosnian Uprising Janissaries, Modernization, and Rebellion in the Nineteenth Century.” 
Novili Ömer Efendi’s work titled “History-i Bosnia” was published by Küre Publications, and “18th Century Ottoman War Prisoners” was published by Vadi Publications. 
Fatma Sel Turhan worked as an editor at “Anlayış magazine”, as a Balkan Specialist at SETA Foundation, as Strategy Development Manager at Yunus Emre Institute, and as a lecturer at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Foundation University, Department of History. 
She is currently a faculty member at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Istanbul Technical University.

Dr. Hana Younis


She was born on December 24, 1976 in Sarajevo, where she finished school and higher education. At the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Sarajevo, she received her master’s degree in 2007, and she completed her PhD in 2012.
Since 2003, she has been employed at the Institute of History of the University of Sarajevo where she progressed from professional associate to scientific advisor in 2022.
The focus of her research is the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last decades of the Ottoman administration and the Austro-Hungarian period, with a special focus on social history and the history of everyday life.
During her career, she has published following books: Al-hayat bayn al-šarq wa al-garb — Al-Hayat al-yawmiyyah li nas fi Sarayifu fi nahayati al-qarn al-tasii asher (Sarajevo, 2012); Daša Jelić: View into the life of a woman in the last decades of Ottoman rule in Sarajevo (Belgrade,2016); From shops to theatres: Sarajevo merchant elite 1851–1878, (Sarajevo,2017); Everyday Life in Sarajevo 1850–1878, (Sarajevo, 2019); To be a Qadi in a Christian Empire, (Sarajevo, 2021.) and Arabic language in Bosnia and Herzegovina, (Sarajevo, 2021.). In addition, she has also translated and edited the travelogue Summer trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina by Muhamed Ali Pasha (Sarajevo, 2008).
She has also participated in several scientific conferences, was the editor of the journal Contributions of the Institute for History, and a member of the editorial boards of journals in Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad.
Her experience also includes leading several successful projects at the local and international level, and publishing several scientific papers, articles and reports in relevant publications and scientific journals.