Hello there, my name is Lynn Perkins and I am the creator and host of the History of the Ottoman Empire podcast. So why the Ottoman empire and why do I think I am qualified to tell the story of the Ottomans? Well first off, I have a deep love of History, and the Middle East has been an area of focus for me throughout my studies. I have a bachelors degree from Brooklyn College with a Middle East focus, and I received a masters degree at the CUNY Graduate Center in Middle Eastern Studies in 2014. I have always been a fan of podcasts, especially those with a historical theme, and have felt for some time that I would like to tackle one on my own. I felt the Ottoman Empire was a perfect topic for me to cover, for learning more about the history of the Middle East is essential in developing a deeper understanding of how events have developed in the region. The Ottoman Empire ruled much of the Middle East until just over a hundred years ago, so its influence is still felt throughout, so let's take this journey through the past so we can better understand the present.