Koray Durak

Ph.D., 2008, Harvard University

(90) (212) 359 6607

Research Interests: 

Byzantine History; Medieval Islam; Byzantine-Islamic relations; Medieval geographical imagination; Economic History of the Medieval Mediterranean

Research Projects: 

BAP-Commerce in medicinal items between Byzantines and Islamic World in the Middle Ages- 2013-2016

TÜBA-GEBİP/The Young Scientists Award Programme of the Turkish Academy of Sciences- 2011-2013

Teaching: 

Hist 49K.01: Sp.Tp. History of Byzantium (330-1453), Columbia University and Boğaziçi University summer school in Istanbul

Hist 59R: Sp.Tp.Readings in Byzantine Sources

Hist 241: Introduction to Western European, Mediterranean, and Islamic Civilizations

Hist 49L: Special Topics: Trade, Exchange, and Communications in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Early Middle Ages

Selected Publications: 

2020 “Commercial Constantinople,” in Cambridge Companion to Constantinople, ed. S. Basset, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

2019 (ed. with Ivana Jevtic) Identity and the Other in Byzantium, Papers from the Fourth International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium, Koç University Press, Istanbul.

2018 “The Cilician Frontier: A Case Study of Byzantine-Islamic Trade in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries,” Province and Periphery in the Age of Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos: From De Cerimoniis to De Administrando Imperio, ed. N. Gaul, V. Menze, and C. Bálint. Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 2018, 168-183.

2018 “From the Indian Ocean to the Markets of Constantinople: Ambergris in the Byzantine World,” Life Is Short, Art Long: The Art of Healing in Byzantium — New Perspectives, ed. B. Pitarakis, Istanbul Research Institute, Istanbul, 201-225.

2014 “The Representation of Byzantine History in High School Textbooks in Turkey” Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 38/2, 245-264.

2010 “Performance and ideology in the exchange of prisoners between the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic Near East in the early Middle Ages,” Medieval and Early Modern Performance in the Eastern Mediterranean, eds. Arzu Öztürkmen, Evelyn Birge Vitz, Brepols, Turnhout, 167-180.

2010, (Scientific editor) catalogue for the Exhibition entitled From Byzantion to Istanbul. 8000 Years of a Capital, Istanbul.

2009 “Who are the Romans? The Definition of Bilād al-Rūm (Land of the Romans) in Medieval Islamic Geographies,” Journal of Intercultural Studies, 31/3, 285-298.

2009 “Constantinople, réalités et utopies médiévales,” De Byzance à Istanbul, Un port pour deux continent (catalogue for the exhibition at Grand Palais in Paris in 2009), eds. Nazan Ölçer and Edhem Eldem, Éditions de la Réunion des musées nationaux, Paris, 75-89

2009, “Defining the ‘Turk’: Mechanisms of Establishing Contemporary Meaning in the Archaizing Language of the Byzantines,” Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik 59, 65-78