A celebration of Ottoman history at Birmingham

Posted on Tuesday 17th June 2014

Rhoads receives a poster

An event to honour Rhoads Murphey on the occasion of his retirement was held on 11 June 2014 at the University of Birmingham.

Rhoads Murphey has been at Birmingham since 1992, and is a world-known and respected scholar of Ottoman history who has given the Ottomanist community significant pieces of work during his career. He has recently been inducted into the Turkish Historical Foundation (Türk Tarih Kurumu).

A greatly loved and respected scholar, Rhoads was honoured by a host of former students, colleagues and friends in an event which was an appropriate mixture of academic and social.

Rhoads Murphey sits in the audience for the presentations

Gemma Norman, a current doctoral student supervised by Rhoads, presented her work on Ottoman history and popular culture, with a focus on the extremely popular Turkish TV show Magnificent Century (Muhteşem Yüzyıl).

Marios Hadjianastasis, a former doctoral student of Rhoads Murphey who graduated in 2004, presented his work on post-Venetian Cyprus and the failed Tuscan raid on Famagusta in 1607.

At the event Rhoads was presented with the in-preparation volume with essays in his honour, Frontiers of the Ottoman Imagination, edited by Marios Hadjianastasis.