Mustafa Aksakal

Mustafa Aksakal
Associate Professor
601 ICC

Associate Professor 

Mustafa Aksakal is the author of The Ottoman Road to War in 1914 (2008), a study of internal reasons for the empire’s decision to join the war on Germany’s side. His current book project, Ottoman Society at War, investigates military and civilian life during wartime in the empire's final decade. Recently he held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He teaches courses in Ottoman and Modern Turkish history.

  • Ph.D. (2003) Princeton University




Mustafa Aksakal. Harb-i Umumi Esiginde: Osmanli Devleti Son Savasina Nasil Girdi. Istanbul: Bilgi University Press, 2010.

Mustafa Aksakal. The Ottoman Road to War in 1914: The Ottoman Empire and the First World War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.


Mustafa Aksakal. "’Holy War Made in Germany’? Ottoman Origins of the 1914 Jihad." War in History 18.2 (2011): 184-99.

Mustafa Aksakal. "The Limits of Diplomacy: The Ottoman Empire and the First World War." Foreign Policy Analysis 7 (2011): 197-203.

Mustafa Aksakal. "Osmanli Harb-i Umumi Yolunda." Toplumsal Tarih (2010): 87-89.


Mustafa Aksakal. "The Ottoman Empire." The Cambridge History of the First World War. Ed. Jay Winter. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Mustafa Aksakal. "The Trained Triumphant Soldiers of the Prophet Muhammad: Holy War and Holy Peace in Modern Ottoman History." Just Wars, Holy Wars, and Jihads: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Encounters and Exchanges. Ed. Sohail H. Hashmi. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012: 283-304

Mustafa Aksakal. "Why did the Ottomans enter a European war in 1914? New sources, new views.." Beyond Dominant Paradigms in Ottoman and Middle Eastern/North African Studies: A Tribute to Rifa’at Abou-El-Haj. Ed. Donald Quataert and Baki Tezcan. Istanbul: Islam Arastirmalari Merkezi, 2010.