Centre for Continuing Education

Metin Mustafa


Dr Metin Mustafa is a former secondary teacher of history with over two decades of teaching experience. He holds a PhD in Ottoman Renaissance art from the University of Notre Dame Australia and Bachelor of Education in Humanities from the University of Sydney.

He lectured and tutored the units The History of Western Civilisation and Religious Traditions in Multicultural Australia at the University of Notre Dame Australia and Charles Sturt University respectively and also taught Teaching Methodology at the Australian Catholic University. He is currently teaching Ottoman and Islamic history at the University of Sydney’s Centre for Continuing Education.

Dr Mustafa has presented at numerous history conferences on cross-cultural interactions in the early modern period. Conference topics include: Ottoman Renaissance Material Culture in Early Modern Europe, Renaissance Self-Fashioning of Süleyman the Magnificent, Representations of the Divine and Salvation: An Alternative Reading of Sinan’s Iznik tiles of Rustem Pasha Mosque and Michelangelo’s Last Judgement – A Testament of Parallel Renaissance Legacy, History and gender in Sultan Murad III’s Surname-i Hümayun 1582, Islam, Ottoman Turks and Orientalism, and Abraham: Our Ancestor – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

His research interests include: Early modern Mediterranean cross-cultural interactions; civilisation of the Ottoman Renaissance (1400-1683); the idea of many renaissances. Dr Mustafa is the author of the monograph: The Ottoman Renaissance: A Reconsideration of Early Modern Ottoman Art, 1413-1575. He is also the author of The Tragedy of Sultan Süleyman (a play) and is currently working on his forthcoming book, Essays on the Civilisation of the Ottoman Renaissance, 1400-1699.

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