Art, Art History, and Film Faculty

Emine Fetvacı

Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor in Islamic and Asian Art


Professor Fetvacı’s research areas include the arts of the book in the Islamic world, and Ottoman, Mughal and Safavid art and architecture. Her courses cover a wide range from medieval Iran and Central Asia to the early-modern Mediterranean, and focus on painting and portable arts as well as architecture. Her first book, Picturing History at the Ottoman Court (Indiana University Press, 2013), was awarded the 2014 M. Fuat Köprülü Book Prize by the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association. Her latest monograph, The Album of the World Emperor: Cross-Cultural Collecting and Album Making at the Ottoman Court (Princeton University Press, 2019), focuses on an imperial album created for the Ottoman sultan Ahmed I (r. 1603-1617), and examines the art and architecture produced during the sultan’s reign. The Album of the World Emperor has been nominated for the 2021 Charles Rufus Morey Award of the College Art Association. Her most recent project examines artistic connections between the Ottoman and Mughal Empires. Fetvacı is also the editor, with Erdem Çipa, of Writing History at the Ottoman Court (IUP, 2013). Her first book and the co-edited volume have both been translated into Turkish. Among other venues, her articles have appeared in the Art BulletinArs Orientalis, and Muqarnas. She has held a Stanford University Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship as well as been a member at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.