Delyan Rusev is an assistant researcher at the Institute of Balkan Studies and Center of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He holds a BA degree in Southeast European Studies from the University of Sofia (2014), an MA degree in Turkology from the University of Hamburg (2016), and a PhD degree in History from the University of Sofia (2021). His studies include specializations at the University of Crete (Rethymno) and Bilgi University (Istanbul), and in 2018–19 he was a Fulbright visiting researcher at the University of Chicago. Delyan Rusev has participated in a number of scientific projects on both a national and international level and is preparing for publication his doctoral dissertation, which explores early Ottoman historical writing and its representations of medieval Bulgaria. He is particularly interested in the political and cultural aspects of the establishment of Ottoman rule in the Balkans and his recent research is dedicated to manifestations of interaction between Christian and Muslim historical culture and their significance for the reconstruction of premodern identities in the region.
Period of affiliation:
2021 - 2022
Institute of Balkan Studies and Center of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
The research project aims to explore a hitherto understudied perspective on Christian-Muslim relations in the premodern Ottoman society, namely the discourses on Balkan non-Muslims in Ottoman Muslim narrative sources produced between the fifteenth and the seventeenth centuries. It will cover a wide range of partly unpublished texts in the Ottoman Turkish and Persian languages falling according to their genre into the main categories of history, hagiography, geography, and travel accounts. By applying to the relevant accounts an interdisciplinary approach including historical, hermeneutic, text-critical, and codicological methods, the project will situate its findings within a larger sociological framework based on the concept of ‘interpretative communities’. The aim is to trace the sociopolitical implications of Muslim accounts of ‘the other’ as well as to provide a better understanding of how identities functioned and interacted in a premodern imperial setting.