S. Berk Metin (Sadreddin Berk Metin)

PhD Candidate

MA, Leiden University, 2020
Bachelor’s degree, Sciences Po, 2018

Supervisor: Thomas Kuehn

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Research Interests

Ottoman History; Material Culture; Archery; Religion; Legitimacy; Istanbul

Research Description

Broadly, I enjoy dealing with ‘everyday religion’ in the Ottoman World in the decades preceding the Tanzimat (1839). More specifically, I am interested in discovering the possible impacts of the social and political crises of this period on the Empire’s religious landscape (as they can be studied through material heritage, among other sources). I have a particular focus on the reign of Sultan Mahmud II (1808-1839) and his efforts at Islamization and Sunnitization in Istanbul.


Before joining SFU, I studied at Sciences Po (Bachelor’s) and Leiden (M.A cum laude). I took part in a number of research projects around the world, and more recently, I was a fellow at the Netherlands Institute in Turkey (NIT). My friends and I organize lectures and workshops on various subfields in history at the Arkhé Project.


  • SFU PhD Research Scholarship, 2023.
  • SFU Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarship, 2022-2026.
  • Netherlands Institute in Turkey (NIT) Fellowship, 2022.
  • Netherlands Inter-university School for Islamic Studies (NISIS) travel funding, 2019.
  • Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS), 2018-2020.

Teaching Assistantships

  • Fall 2023: Modern Middle East (HIST 151), Paul Sedra.
  • Spring 2023: 20th century Europe (HIST 225), Ilya Vinkovetsky.