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Founded in April 2010, AALIMS reached a milestone at its third anniversary. As a sign of becoming an established organization, we have experienced our first “change of the guard.” 

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Metin Coşgel

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Metin Coşgel is Professor and Head, Department of Economics at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. His research interests cover two areas. The first is the political economy of religion, more specifically the ability of religious authorities to legitimize rulers. He is exploring the implications of this relationship for state control of religion, rise of theocracy, belief in predestination, adoption of new technology, and economic growth. He is also interested in the economic history of the Ottoman Empire, including economic and quantitative analysis of the system of taxation, transmission and inequality of wealth, resolution of disputes in courts, and the organization of law enforcement.

Coşgel maintains a website dedicated to the Economic History of the Ottoman Empire:




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