Journal of Ottoman, Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies


Diyâr is an interdisciplinary and interregional academic journal edited by the Society of Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies (GTOT). It deals with Turkey, the Ottoman Empire and its successor states, Iran, Central Asia and the Caucasus. It also publishes research on the languages, cultures and history of various Turkic and Iranian­-speaking groups, dynasties and states as well as of other ethnolinguistic and religious groups living in these countries until the present day.

Diyâr publishes original and as yet unpublished contributions from the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences with emphasis on the fields of history, literary studies, sociolinguistics, political science, sociology, economics, cultural anthropology/ethnology, religious studies, music studies, cultural geography, education and law.

Through its focused content and high peer-review standards, Diyâr intends to be a leading international academic periodical on Turkic and Iranian research.

As of 2020, Diyâr will be published by Ergon (part of Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft) twice a year and will contain research articles and reviews. Guest editors will be responsible for conducting scholarly debates on specific topics in special issues. At least every third issue will have such a thematic focus. Our aim is to engage as guest editors not only renowned academics but also outstanding young, up-and-coming researchers. Diyâr accepts contributions written in German, English and French.

ISSN Print 2625-9842, ISSN Online 2942-3155. Published semi-annually.


Society of Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies (GTOT)

represented by

Editorial Office

Chief Editorial Staff


Extended Editorial Board

The extended editorial board of Diyâr includes international scholars from a variety of disciplines:

  • Ildikó Bellér-Hann
    University of Kopenhagen, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
  • Nathalie Clayer
    Center for Turkish, Ottoman, Balkan and Central Asian Studies (CETOBaC), Paris
  • Burcu Doğramacı
    Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Faculty of History and the Arts, Department of Arts
  • Ahmet Evin
    Sabancı University of Istanbul, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Martin Greve
    Orient-Institut Istanbul
  • Onur İnal
    University of Vienna, Department of Near Eastern Studies
  • Ralf Martin Jäger
    Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster, Department of Musicology
  • Michael Kemper
    University of Amsterdam, Chair of Eastern European Studies
  • Anke von Kügelgen
    University of Bern, Department of Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Robert Langer
    Orient-Institut Istanbul
  • Laurent Mignon
    University of Oxford, Oriental Institute
  • Raoul Motika
    Universität Hamburg, Geschichte und Kultur des Vorderen Orients, Turkologie
  • Christoph K. Neumann
    Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Turkish Studies
  • Lea Nocera
    Universität Neapel, L’Orientale, Department of Asian, African and Mediterranean Studies
  • Arnd-Michael Nohl
    Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg, Professor of Educational Science
  • Kerem Öktem
    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies
  • Gottfried Plagemann
    Orient-Institut Istanbul
  • Gisela Procházka-Eisl
    University of Vienna, Department of Oriental Studies
  • Julian Rentzsch
    Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Department of Slavic, Turkic and Circum-Baltic Studies
  • Stefan Rohdewald
    Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Department of Eastern European Sutdies
  • Melike Şahinol
    Orient-Institut Istanbul
  • Christoph Schroeder
    University of Potsdam, Professor for German as a Foreign Language
  • Florian Schwarz
    Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Institute of Iranian Studies
  • Günter Seufert
    German Institute for International and Security Affairs Berlin, Research Division EU/Europe
  • Henning Sievert
    University of Heidelberg, Chair of Islamic Studies
  • Jenny B. White
    University of Stockholm, Institute for Turkish Studies

Call for Papers

Diyâr is published biannually. Articles may be submitted to Julia Fröhlich ( at any time. Papers should not exceed a length of 60,000 characters (including spaces and footnotes). They should include an abstract (150-200 words) and a list of (up to) 6 keywords.

Diyâr accepts contributions in German, English, and French.

Guidelines for Authors

Guidelines for Guest Editors

Diyâr welcomes proposals for special issues that match the journal’s focus on Turkey, the Ottoman Empire and its successor states, Iran, Central Asia and the Caucasus (click here for more information on Diyâr’s thematic focus).

The proposal for a special issue – including a description of the project (2,000–5,000 words) and either abstracts of planned contributions or a call for papers – should be submitted to the editorial board. The editorial board may express its interest in the proposal, but a final decision regarding acceptance will be based on submission of the whole issue to the editorial board, as well as on the peer review of each submitted paper.

If the proposal does not yet include the papers, which is preferred, they can be invited through various methods. A call for papers can be placed on both the Diyâr and GTOT web sites and circulated among GTOT members and other relevant forums. Contributors may also be put together by organizing a panel at the ‘Turkologentag’ or other relevant international conferences, or by holding a workshop or conference; in those cases, a call for papers may not be necessary.

A special issue typically consists of 6–8 papers. A paper should normally not exceed a length of about 60,000 characters. Papers may be in English, French or  German (click here for detailed guidelines) .

Diyâr plans to publish at least one special issue every two years. 

Style Guide

Publishing Open Access

Diyâr is not an open access journal. However, it is possible to publish individual articles in the journal open access by making the digital version freely available under a Creative Commons license chosen by the respective author(s). The publisher requires a fee to cover the publication costs (Article Processing Charge – APC) in the amount of 1,990.00 EUR (plus VAT). Many scientific institutions and science funding bodies provide corresponding funds for the publication of research results.

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Abstracting & Indexing

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Peer Review Process

All articles published in Diyâr are subject to a double-blind peer review process. Reviewers are chosen among members of the journal’s extended editorial board and the GTOT managing board. They are renowned professors and postdocs in the respective field of study and their reviews serve to guarantee the high academic standards of our journal. Manuscripts are assessed by two reviewers. In case of a disagreement between the two, a third reviewer is asked to settle the case.

Reviewers recommend the rejection, acceptance, or revision of submitted papers. Accepted articles are returned to the authors, possibly with comments concerning revisions. If reviewers suspect plagiarism, the text in question is reassessed and if suspicions are confirmed, it will be rejected.

Reviewers are expected to disclose any potential conflicts of interests in the reviewing process, e.g. if they know the author of an article. In this case, the editors find a new reviewer.


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