Prof. Dr. Cemal Kafadar was born in Istanbul in 1954. He received his Ph.D. from the McGill University Institute of Islamic Studies in 1987 and has taught at Princeton′s Near Eastern Studies Department. Since 1990, Professor Kafadar has taught in the Department of History at Harvard University. He served as a director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at Harvard University from 1999 to 2004, and for the 2009–10 academic year. His interests lie in the social and cultural history of the Middle East and Southeastern Europe in the early modern era. He teaches seminars related to popular culture, hagiography and Ottoman historiography as well as the early modern history of the Middle East and Balkans. His publications include “The Question of Ottoman Decline” in Harvard Middle East and Islamic Review (1999), Between Two Worlds: The Construction of the Ottoman State (1995) and Suleiman the Second and His Time edited with Halil Inalcik (1993). In 2010, Professor Kafadar received Turkey′s 2010 Presidential Grand Award in Culture and Arts. He is a member of the editorial board of the Historians of the Ottoman Empire.