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Hans Theunissen

Hans Theunissen

University Lecturer

Dr. H.P.A. Theunissen
+31 71 527 6480

Fields of interest

My fields of interest include (Ottoman) Turkish history and culture, and Islamic art and material culture. My research specialization lies in Ottoman Turkish art and material culture, in particular late Ottoman architecture and architectural decoration. My current research project focuses on late Ottoman architectural and interior decoration and studies religious wall paintings in relation to political and socio-cultural developments. The research combines fieldwork, and (art) historical analysis of both architecture, architectural and interior decoration, artifacts and texts and tries to contribute to a better understanding of the Late Ottoman cultural environment.



- PhD in Arabic, Persian and Turkish Languages and Cultures, Utrecht University (1991). 
- MA in Arabic, Persian and Turkish Languages and Cultures, Utrecht University (1984). 

- Lecturer in Turkish Studies/Islamic Art and Material Culture, Leiden University, 2006- 
- Lecturer in Turkish Studies, Utrecht University, 1984-2006.


Key publications

 ‘Dutch Tiles in 18th-Century Ottoman Baroque-Rococo Interiors:  Hünkâr Sofası and Hünkâr Hamamı’,  Sanat Tarihi Dergisi, 18/2 (October 2009), 71-135. 

‘Dutch Tiles in 18th-Century Ottoman Baroque-Rococo Interiors: the  Sabil-Kuttab of Sultan Mustafa III in Cairo’,  Electronic Journal of Oriental Studies 9/3 (2006), 1-283. 

(Together with Zeynep Tiskaya), ‘The Dutch Tiles of Surp Krikor Lusavoriç Church in İstanbul’,  Electronic Journal of Oriental Studies 8/11 (2005), 1-41.



A range of courses in Ottoman-Turkish and modern Turkish history and culture, research seminars Turkish studies and Islamic art and material culture.


Editorial work

- Editor  EJOS, 1998-2006


Administration and service to the profession

- Director of studies, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), 2011- 
- Track leader, Turkish Studies, Leiden University, 2008-2014

University Lecturer

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 0.09a



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