Ines Aščerić-Todd

Lecturer in Arabic and Middle Eastern Cultures


Dr Aščerić-Todd started her university education with a degree in Arabic with Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from Durham, after which she focused her academic interests on Islam and Islamic history in the Ottoman context, which led her to obtain an MPhil in Ottoman Turkish Studies and a DPhil in Oriental Studies, both from the University of Oxford. She has worked as an Arabic and Ottoman specialist at Durham University Library, an Islamic and Ottoman manuscripts specialist at Princeton University, and has taught Arab-Islamic history, culture and literature at the American University of Sharjah. Her research interests are in social, religious and cultural history of the Middle East and the Ottoman Empire, and include Sufism and dervish orders, Islamic crafts and trade-guilds, and Ottoman urban institutions and architecture, especially dervish lodges and their role in the development of the Ottoman city.


  • DPhil in Oriental Studies, University of Oxford
  • MPhil in Ottoman Turkish Studies, University of Oxford
  • BA (Hons) in Arabic with Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Durham University


Undergraduate teaching

Course organiser for the following courses:

  • Islamic and Middle Eastern Cultures
  • Modern Arabic Literature
  • Research Skills & Methods in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

(Also organised Islamic History B: From the Crusades to the 'Gunpowder Empires', Introductory Arabic Language, and Introductory Arabic Language 2)

Teaching on the following team-taught courses:

  • Islamic History B: From the Crusades to the 'Gunpowder Empires'

(Also taught on Arabic 1a, Arabic 1b, Arabic 2, Arabic 4)

Postgraduate teaching

Teaching on the following team-taught courses:

  • Research Methods and Problems in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am open to queries for PhD supervision on the following topics: any aspect of Ottoman history, especially social and cultural dimensions, Christian-Muslim relations in the Ottoman period, conversions to Islam, both in the Ottoman Middle East and Ottoman Europe, Sufism, especially practical and in the Ottoman period, post-classical popular Arabic literature, modern Arabic literature.

Research summary

  • History of the Ottoman Empire and Ottoman Europe
  • Islam in the Ottoman Empire
  • Sufism and dervish orders
  • Islamic history, particularly the themes of Islamisation and urbanisation
  • Christian-Muslim relations and conversions to Islam
  • Islamic chivalry and chivalric associations
  • Islamic and Middle Eastern masculinities
  • Post-classical Arabic literature
  • Islamic codicology

Research activities

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