Nikolay Atanasov Antov

Nikolay Atanasov Antov

Associate Professor

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-5882

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Nikolay Antov is a historian of the pre-modern Islamic world. He received his Ph.D. degree in Middle East and Islamic history from the University of Chicago in 2011. Prior to that, he obtained an M.A. degree in Ottoman history from Bilkent University in Turkey and a B.A. degree from the American University in Bulgaria. His current research concentrates on the formation of Muslim communities in the early modern Ottoman Balkans with a special focus on the interplay between conversion to Islam and Turcoman colonization in the process.

  • Ottoman Empire
  • Pre-modern Islamic civilization
  • Comparative Islamic empires
  • Europe and Islam
  • Turks and Mongols in Islamic history.  History of non-Muslim communities in the Ottoman Empire
  • Imperial expansion, confessional identities, and conversion to Islam in the early modern Islamic world
  • Islamic Civilization
  • Ottoman Empire

 Ph.D. Middle East and Islamic history, University of Chicago

 M.A. Ottoman history, Bilkent University in Turkey 

 B.A., American University in Bulgaria

  • NEH Fellowship for Research in Turkey
  • NEH Summer Institute, "Empires and Ineractions across the Early Modern World, 1400-1800"