Timur Kuran

Visiting Professor of Law


Timur Kuran is a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He is a Professor of Economics and Political Science and the Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University. 

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Timur Kuran

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Education & Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Stanford University, 1982
M.A., Stanford University, 1979
A.B., Princeton University, 1977

Courses Taught


  • Economic History and Modernization of the Islamic Middle East

Timur Kuran is a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He is a Professor of Economics and Political Science and the Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University. 

His current projects include a book on the role that the Middle East’s traditional legal institutions have played in its poor political performance in the modern era, as measured by various freedoms. Among his publications are Private Truths, Public Lies: The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification (Harvard University Press), Islam and Mammon: The Economic Predicaments of Islamism (Princeton University Press), and The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East (Princeton University Press), all translated into multiple languages. The last work addresses the role that Islamic law played in the economic rise of the Middle East and, subsequently, in the institutional stagnation that accompanied the region’s slip into underdevelopment. Some of the archival work for The Long Divergence was published as a tri-lingual, 10-volume compilation, Socio-Economic Life in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul: Glimpses from Court Records (İş Bank Publications). Kuran is also co-author of Microhistory of the Turkish Posts, vol. I, 1920-1950 (İş Bank Publications).

Kuran directs the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS); co-edits a book series for Cambridge University Press, Economics, Choice and Society; co-edits the Journal of Comparative Economics; and serves on numerous editorial boards.