D. Burcu Eğilmez held her PHd degree in the political science at the Middle East Technical University, Turkey on September 2011. One year of her doctoral research, funded by Fulbright scholarship, was conducted at Northwestern University under the supervision of Prof. Bonnie Honig. As an Erasmus exchange student, she spent the spring semester of 2010 at the University of Leiden, Turkish Studies department.Her doctoral thesis aims to contribute to the literature that approaches the history of the relations between the Ottoman state and its religious Other (Christians, Jews, heterodox Sufi orders, and Alevis) with the political principle of ‘toleration’ and ‘justice’.