Peter Golden

Peter Golden

Middle Eastern Studies Program / History Emeritus

Professor Emeritus of History, Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies

Ph.D., Columbia

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Research and Teaching Interests

The history of medieval Eurasia and the interaction of the Turko-Mongolian steppe peoples with the neighboring sedentary states (Rus', Byzantium, the Caucasus, and the Islamic world). Ethnogenesis. Turkic philology.

Previous Classes


Ottoman Empire


Topics in Middle Eastern Studies: History of Central Asia


Selected Publications

Central Asia in World History (New York-Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).

Early Turks and Khazars: Origins, Institutions and Interactions in Variorum Collected Studies Series (Aldershot, U.K.: Ashgate Publishing, 2010.)

The Cambridge History of Inner Asia: The Chinggisid Age, co-edited with N. Di Cosmo ad A.J. Frank (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Nomads and Their Neighbours in the Russian Steppe. Turks, Khazars and Qipchaqs in Variorum Collected Studies Series (Aldershot, U.K.: Ashgate Publishing, 2003).

Türk Halklari Tarihine Giris, (Turk. O. Karatay (Ankara: KaraM, 2002), a Turkish translation of my An Introduction to the History of the Turkic Peoples (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 1992).

The King's Dictionary. The Rasûlid Hexaglot: Fourteenth Century Vocabularies in Arabic, Persian, Turkic, Greek, Armenian and Mongolian, edited with an Introduction and Commentary by Peter B. Golden, translated by T. Halasi-Kun, P.B. Golden, L. Ligeti, Ö. Schütz,with essays by P.B. Golden and Th. T. Allsen (Leiden: Brill, 2000).

Honors, Awards, and Professional Service

Member of the Institute For Advanced Study (Princeton), 2005-2006.

Provost’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship, Rutgers-Newark, 2005

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2001.

Rutgers University Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research, 1994.

Honorary Member, Türk Dil Kurumu (Turkish Language Society), elected 1989.

Honorary Member, Csoma de Kőrös Society of Hungarian Orientalists, elected, 2009