Micah Aaron Hughes
Area of Focus: Islamic Studies
M.A., Alliance of Civilizations Institute, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University, Istanbul
B.I.S., Middle Eastern Studies, Georgia State University
- Late Ottoman Empire
- Muslim intellectual traditions & global theoretical discourses
- Islamic modernism
- Cold War religion
With a background in Middle Eastern studies and Arabic language, I began my graduate training in Istanbul, Turkey where I lived for three years studying Ottoman & Turkish history, Islamic thought, and Turkish language. My current research addresses mid-20th century intellectual debates around religious reform, literary & political modernism, and conservatism in Turkey. I investigate these discourses by paying close attention to the problems 20th-century Turkish intellectuals saw themselves facing and the international circulation of theoretical discourses they marshalled to address them.
“Making the Qur’an Turkish: Translation and Power in the Ottoman Empire,” review of M. Brett Wilson’s Translating the Qur’an in an Age of Nationalism: Print Culture and Modern Islam in Turkey (OUP, 2014) for Marginalia – LA Review of Books; March 2016.