- Wednesday, April 6, 2016
- 3:30 PM–5:00 PM
Prof. Doug Howard shares about his discovery during his sabbatical in Turkey and Hungary.
Sabbaticals are wonderful and messy. Twists and turns seem to be written in the stars. In my case a month in Turkey and Hungary immeasurably advanced a joint effort with a Hungarian colleague to produce a critical edition and English translation of a work on the Ottoman Turkish provincial cavalry, written about 1609. Two ongoing projects interrupted. Then we realized that our author also wrote a treatise on astrology. And, at the end of the main manuscript we were using, totally unrelated astrological musings were discovered, written by an anonymous person two hundred years later. What to make of it?
Doug Howard is professor of history at Calvin College. His field of research is the history of the Ottoman Empire. He teaches courses on early world history, Middle Eastern societies, India, and U.S.-Middle East relations. He spent Fall 2015 on sabbatical.