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. Metin is the author of the monographs: The Ottoman Renaissance: A Reconsideration of Early Modern Ottoman Art, 1413-1575 and Ottoman Renaissance Art: From Mehmed I to Selim II. He is also the author of Michelangelo meets Sinan: Representations of the Divine, Salvation and Paradise in Renaissance Art and The Tragedy of Sultan Süleyman (a play). The author is currently working on his forthcoming books, Essays: The Ottoman Renaissance and the Early Modern World, 1400-1699, and Oriental Imaginings, Occidental Fashioning: Turquerie, Tulip Age and Ottoman Modernity, 1683-1867.

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