About OII

The Orient-Institut Istanbul is located in the neighborhood of Cihangir, conveniently close to Taksim Square, one of the major cultural, entertainment and transport centers of the city. With Istanbul’s rich archives, manuscript libraries, museum and art collections, the institute offers unique opportunities for research on Islamic, Mediterranean and Turkish culture, society and history.

The Orient-Institut Istanbul supports academic research, with current interests spanning from the study of the plurality of Turkic languages and peoples, Ottoman history, to the current dynamic development of the region. Much of our work is conducted in cooperation with universities and independent academic institutions, both in Turkey and abroad.

The Orient-Institut is also home to an ever-growing research library open to the public. Its collection consists of approximately 35,000 volumes and 1,200 periodicals focusing on Ottoman as well as contemporay Turkish studies. In addition to its comprehensive Turkish collection, the library is a valuable resource for often hard-to-find academic literature in German and other foreign languages. The institute likewise hosts public lectures and scientific conferences on a regular basis.

Established in 1989, the Orient-Institut Istanbul functioned as a branch of the Orient-Institut Beirut. Since the 01/01/2009 the Orient-Institut in Istanbul is established as an institution independent of the institute in Beirut. An independent academic institute, the Orient-Institut Beirut was originally established in 1961 by the German Oriental Society, or the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft (DMG). It is now a member of the Foundation of German Humanities Institutes Abroad, or Verbund der Deutschen Geisteswissenschaftlichen Institute im Ausland (DGIA).

Plans are under way to relocate the Orient-Institut to the grounds of the historic summer residence of the German ambassador in Tarabya, Istanbul. As an independent institute, we hope to broaden our cooperation with academic institutions in Turkey and abroad.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the Orient-Institut Istanbul.