SUNY Binghamton: Istanbul - From Central Asia to Bosphorus: Istanbul at the Crossroads of History, Cultures, & Religions

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The first week of the program students will engage in excursions to Ankara, Cappadocia, Izmir, and Canakkale, Turkey studying and experiencing the ancient and modern history of Anatolia and Turkey prior to the start of classes in Istanbul on Augus... read more

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The first week of the program students will engage in excursions to Ankara, Cappadocia, Izmir, and Canakkale, Turkey studying and experiencing the ancient and modern history of Anatolia and Turkey prior to the start of classes in Istanbul on August 3rd.  Once in Istanbul daily organized excursions include museums, palaces, ancient ruins, fortresses, boat tours, and religious sites including mosques, churches, synagogues, and Sufi lodges throughout the city.
 
Students will enroll in three courses for a total of 6 credits:
- Introduction to Turkology (2 credits)
- Religions of Istanbul (2 credits)
- Istanbul: Imperial City of Diversity & Culture (2 credits)
 
Courses consist of daily morning lectures and cultural excursions each afternoon to areas of historical, religious, and cultural importance around Istanbul.  Students will be required to give oral presentations, do course readings, attend all lectures and excursions, short final research papers for each course, and a photographic travel journal.  No language or course prerequisites exist for this program.
 
Staff at the German Orient-Institut Istanbul is on hand to answer questions and concerns for the students.   Professor Kent Schull, from the Department of History  is the Binghamton university Faculty Director of the program. Professor Schull is an expert in the history of the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
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