Meet our PhD candidates: Zihni Özdil | History


Meet our PhD candidates:
Zihni Özdil | History

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In the seventh edition of Meet our PhD candidates <link people z-ozdil>Zihni Özdil of the Department of History at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) tells us about his research on state-building and non-Sunni Muslim religious minorities in early Republican Turkey.

You think he looks familiar? You might have spotted Zihni Özdil, junior lecturer and PhD candidate at Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC), on Dutch current affairs TV programmes such as Pauw & Witteman and Nieuwsuur, or in printed media such as Vrij Nederland and NRC Handelsblad.

Although he doesn’t shy away from engaging with the public debate in the media, he describes himself as a 'nerd'. "I can get really excited about historical topics," he says, almost as a confession. "Especially when they are important in helping us understand what’s going on in the world today."

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