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Petra de Bruijn

University Lecturer Turkish Studies

Dr. P. de Bruijn
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Petra de Bruijn teaches courses on Turkish literature, theatre, film and television drama at the department of Middle Eastern Studies of Leiden University. Her scholarly work focuses on nationalism in contemporary Turkish narrative culture.

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Fields of interest

Turkish literature and performing art. 


Dr. Petra de Bruijn obtained her PhD at Leiden University (1997) and she works at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) for the department of Middle Eastern Studies. She combines in her scholarly work research in the field of modern Turkish prose literature with research in the field of performing arts, especially modern Turkish theatre and Turkish film and television drama. Her current research concentrates primarily on the use of Islamic and nationalistic politics in Turkish television series. Between 2010 and 2021, she combined her scholarly work with a position as executive secretary of Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS). From 2010 to 2018 she has been involved in the Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies (NISIS) as executive secretary and from 2015-2018 as director ad interim. She has published on topics as diverse as the plays and novels of the Turkish author Adalet Ağaoğlu, the use of miniature painting as a post-modern technique in My name is red  by Orhan Pamuk, the depiction of Islam in Turkish cinema and the use of politics in the television series of the Gülen Movement. In addition, she regularly contributes to the Encyclopaedia of Islam III, published by Brill. Moreover, she writes on topical issues for the Leiden Islam Blog and Wetenschap.nu.

1997: PhD in Turkish Studies at Leiden University (Dissertation:  The Two Worlds of Eşber, Western Orientated Verse Drama and Ottoman Turkish Poetry by `Abdülhakk Hamid (Tarhan), supervisor: B.H. Flemming) 
1988: MA in Turkish Studies at Leiden University 

2010-present: Executive Secretary at  LUCIS and  NISIS
2004-present: Lecturer in Turkish Studies at Leiden University 
1995-2004: Turkish Instructor at Leiden University 
1989-1993: Research assistant at Leiden University (CNWS) 

Key publications

2009: Babushkas on a Turkish Beach: Postmodernist Elements in Adalet Agaoglu's Yazsonu. In Fenz, H. (Ed.) Strukturelle Zwange - Personliche Freiheiten. Osmanen, Turken, Muslime: Reflexionen zu gesellschaftlichen Umbruchen. Gedenkband zu Ehren Petra Kapperts (Structural Necessities - Personal Liberties. Ottomans, Turks, Muslims: Reflections on Social Upheavals. Memorial Volume in Honour of Petra Kappert) Vol. NF 21. Der Islam (pp. 47-64). Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter.  
2012: Islam goes Hollywood. An exploratory study on Islam in Turkish cinema. Cinej Cinema Journal ISSN 2158-8724, pp. 20-41.  

University Lecturer Turkish Studies

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies



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