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Pablo Martin Asuero (Donostia-San Sebastian, 1967). Basque-Spanish Orientalist with deep roots in the Goierri-Gipuzkoa, heads the delegation of the Cervantes Institute in Damascus.

"Le Bain Turc," (Turkish Bath) by J.A.D. Ingres, 1862



He graduated from Sandia Preparatory High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He later studied Hispanic Philology at the University of Deusto (Spain). From 1991 to 1993 he studied Turkish at the University of Istanbul, having been awarded a scholarship from the Foreign Ministry of Spain. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of the Basque Country (Spain) with a thesis directed by Jon Juaristi. A year later he worked as maitre de lange at the University of Picardie Jules Verne in Beauvais (France). In 2000 he was appointed teacher at the Instituto Cervantes in Beirut ( Lebanon). In June 2002 he was appointed director of the Cervantes Institute in Istanbul and now he leads the Instituto Cervantes in Damascus (Syria). He has been editor of the proceedings of several conferences related to the Sephardim, the relations between Spain and the Ottoman Empire or literature written by diplomats. He is an adviser for the Cuadernos del Bósforo for the publishing house Isis in Istanbul (Turkey), He is an honorary member of the Asociación de Orientalistas Españoles. He has been inducted into the order of Comendador del Mérito Civil in Spain and the Order of Comendador given by the Chilean government. Pablo Martin Asuero's works have been translated into English, French, Turkish, Arabic, Serbian and Catalan.


  • Mavi sütunlu saray (Dost, 2003), novela histórica
  • Estambul, el ejército otomano y los sefardíes (2003)
  • España y el Líbano 1788-1910. Viajeros, diplomáticos, peregrinos e intelectuales (2003)
  • Descripción del Damasco otomano (1807-1920), según las crónicas de viajeros españoles e hispanoamericanos (2004)
  • Viajeros hispánicos en Estambul (2005)
  • Descripción del Egipto otomano, según las crónicas de viajeros españoles, hispanoamericanos y otros textos (2007)


  • Gran Enciclopedia Española (2003) Madrid.- ISBN:98-84-84756-266-1


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