Selim Sırrı Kuru is Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA and current Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. He received his Ph.D. degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization from Harvard University in 2000. Selim Kuru′s work focuses on 14th- to 16th-century Anatolian literary history. He works on literary genres (with a focus on love), and sexuality as it was formulated by the elite cadres of the Ottoman Empire. Among his publications, “Pious Journey, Sacred Desire: Observations on the Mi’raj in Early Anatolian Turkish Verse Narratives”, in The Prophets Ascension: Cross-Cultural Encounter with the Islamic Mi’raj Tales, ed. by C. Gruber, F. Colby (Bloomington, 2010) e “The Literature of Rum: The Making of a Literary Tradition, 1450-1600”, in The Cambridge History of Turkey, ed. by S. Faroqhi, K. Fleet (Cambridge, 2012).