2020 Vol. 1



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Editorial board

  • Zeynep Aydoğan, Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FORTH, Greece.
  • Feray Coşkun, Özyegin University, Turkey.
  • Işık Demirakın, Institute for Mediterranean
    Studies/FORTH, Greece.
  • Güneş Işıksel, Medeniyet University, Turkey.
  • Bekir Harun Küçük, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Ethan Menchinger, Manchester University, UK.
  • Aslı Niyazioğlu, Oxford University, UK.
  • Marinos Sariyannis, Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FORTH, Greece (editor-in-chief).
  • Ahmet Tunç Şen, Columbia University, USA.

Aim and scope

The journal Aca’ib: Occasional papers on the Ottoman perceptions of the supernatural publishes original research articles in English and French, research reports (including reports on scientific meetings), source presentations, book reviews and translations of sources pertaining to Ottoman occultism, science and beliefs on supernatural phenomena. This journal forms part of a five-year research project, “GHOST”: Geographies and Histories of the Ottoman Supernatural Tradition: Exploring Magic, the Marvelous, and the Strange in Ottoman Mentalities”, funded by the European Research Council under the program Consolidator Grant 2017. The journal aims at keeping the community informed of our activities, presenting some sources and literature surveys, but also serving as a forum for scholars interested in such topics. There are four issues scheduled until the end of the project (February 2023), but the Editors will do their best to continue publication afterwards.

The journal covers research on Ottoman occult sciences (divination, oneiromancy, magic, science of letters, astrology, alchemy etc.) or specific treatises thereof; Ottoman theological or philosophical discussions on Hermeticism, the limits of knowledge, the reality of miracles, the existence of natural laws and so forth; Ottoman collections of strange stories and phenomena and their epistemological background; history of Ottoman science with emphasis on new explanations of phenomena previously considered inexplicable or supernatural.


Aca’ib: Occasional papers on the Ottoman perceptions of the supernatural  welcomes contributions pertaining to its aim and scope: original papers, research reports, literature surveys, presentations of sources, or review essays. Contributions are evaluated by the Editorial Board for originality, methodology, and relevance to the project. The Board decides if a contribution is to be accepted with or without changes, and also if some contributions are to be postponed for another issue for reasons of thematic unity.

Authors should ensure that their work is original and complies with the scientific and ethical standards. Copyright material (e.g. illustrations) must be reproduced only with appropriate permission and acknowledgement. The journal undertakes the language editing of contributions.  


Aca’ib: Occasional papers on the Ottoman perceptions of the supernatural is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to users. Except for commercial purposes, users are allowed to read, download, copy, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

The articles in Aca’ib: Occasional papers on the Ottoman perceptions of the supernatural are open access articles licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/deed.en).

All expenses of the journal are covered by GHOST research project and the European Research Council CoGr 2017 grant no. 771766. Processing and publication are free of charge with the journal. There are no article processing charges or submission fees for any submitted or accepted articles.


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