About the speaker
Colin Imber taught for many years in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester. In his research, his focus has been on the history of the Ottoman Empire in the medieval and early modern periods and he has published widely in this area. While his books and articles cover a broad range of topics, he has always had a fascination for Ottoman law, its application in the real world, and how it influenced Ottoman society and the Ottoman way of thinking. He is the author of a book on the great sixteenth-century Ottoman şeyhülislam Ebūʾs-suʿūd, based on a study of his fatwas.