About Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano

Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano is a third-year PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Washington. He was born in Mexico City and attended the National University of Mexico (UNam) and the University of London before coming to Seattle. Oscar’s dissertation undertakes an interdisciplinary study of the impact of book production in the emergence of a new court literary culture during the reign of Bayezid II (r. 1452-1512) in the Ottoman Empire. As the Mickey Sreebny Memorial Scholar in Jewish Studies for 2013-2014, Oscar is studying the original compositions of Yehuda Leon Behar in Ottoman Turkish, a project which helps to illuminate the culture and identity of the Jewish community during the late Ottoman Empire.