Dr Dimitris Kastritsis
Dr Dimitri Kastritsis

Dr Dimitri Kastritsis

BA (Chicago), PhD (Harvard) - Lecturer

Contact Details

E-mail - dk19@st-and.ac.uk
Telephone - +44 (0)1334 463055
Fax - +44 (0)1334 462914

Research Profile on Research@StAndrews


Teaching and Research Interests

I am currently working on a project entitled 'Byzantines, Ottomans and Others in the Last Century of Byzantium (1354–1453)'. This will lead to a book for which I have an advance contract with Harvard University Press. My aim is to provide the first coherent account of the period bringing together the disparate fields of Byzantine, Ottoman, Crusader and Balkan studies. I am interested especially in the political and intellectual culture of the late Byzantine and early Ottoman world in the century preceding the conquest of Constantinople.
In general, my research interests focus on the political, cultural, and intellectual history of the early and classical Ottoman Empire, Byzantium, and the larger Islamic world, particularly after the Mongol conquests. I have a special interest in the connection between texts, intellectuals and ideas, including such areas as political legitimacy, cultural geography, science and religion. I will soon be publishing a study and translation of an early Ottoman history (please see below). My teaching stretches from Late Antiquity to modern times. 

Main Publications


  • The Sons of Bayezid: Empire Building and Representation in the Ottoman Civil War of 1402-1413. Brill, 2007. [Details] Turkish edition Istanbul, Kitap Yayinevi, 2010.
  • An Ottoman History of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries: The Oxford Anonymous Chronicle (Bodleian Marsh 313). Liverpool University Press: Translated Texts for Byzantinists (forthcoming 2014)
  • The Tales of Sultan Mehmed, Son of Bayezid Khan, Annotated English Translation, Turkish Edition, and Facsimiles. Sources of Oriental Languages and Literatures 78. Harvard NELC, 2007 (actually published 2009).


  • “The Historical Epic Ahvāl-i Sultān Mehemmed (The Tales of Sultan Mehmed) in the Context of Early Ottoman Historiography.” In Emine Fetvacı and Erdem Çıpa, eds., Writing History at the Ottoman Court: Editing the Past, Fashioning the Future. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013: 1–22
  • "Ferīdūn Beg’s Münşeʾātü ’s-Selāṭīn (‘Correspondence of Sultans’) and Late Sixteenth-Century Ottoman Views of the Political World." Imperial Geographies in Byzantine and Ottoman Space. Edited by Dimiter Angelov, Yota Batsaki and Sahar Bazzaz. Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies (2013), 91–110.
  • “The Revolt of Şeyh Bedreddin in the Context of the Ottoman Civil War of 1402–13.” Halcyon Days in Crete VII. Political Initiatives “From the Bottom Up” in the Ottoman Empire. Edited by Antonis Anastasopoulos. University of Crete Press (2012), 233–250
  • “Conquest and Legitimacy in the Early Ottoman Empire.” Byzantines, Latins, and Turks in the Eastern Mediterranean World after 1150. Edited by Jonathan Harris, Catherine Holmes, and Eugenia Russell. Oxford Studies in Byzantium. Oxford University Press (2012), 221–245
  • "The Trebizond Alexander Romance (Venice Hellenic Institute Codex Gr. 5): The Ottoman Fate of a Fourteenth-century Illustrated Byzantine Manuscript." In Memoriam Angeliki Laiou. Edited by Cemal Kafadar and Nevra Necipoğlu. Journal of Turkish Studies 36 (2011): 103–131
  • Religious Affiliations and Political Alliances in the Ottoman Succession Wars of 1402–1413." Medieval Encounters 13 (2007): 222–242



Administrative Duties

Member of the Institute for Iranian Studies
Member of theSt Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies
Member of the St Andrews Institute of Intellectual History
Module Co-ordinator of MH2002

Teaching Duties

Dr Kastritsis participates in teaching and lecturing on MH2002 and offers the following honours courses:


Research Students

I am happy to supervise students in the following areas:

Ottoman history before the nineteenth century
Late Byzantine history
The mediaeval and early modern Islamic world


Main Publications

The Tales of Sultan Mehmed