Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Department of Ottoman History

The Department of Ottoman History of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies is the only research unit in Greece exclusively dedicated to the systematic study of Ottoman history. The Department specialises in the research of the social, economic and cultural history of the Ottoman Empire, including its transition and transformation processes in relation to its precursor and successor states. To achieve its objectives, the Department has developed since 1987 pioneering structures for a. training young scholars in Ottoman and Turkish history and b. carrying out research in Ottoman history, with emphasis on: i. The study of Ottoman archives, ii. Ottoman monuments and artefacts, and iii. the publication of historical works of synthesis.

People

Marinos Sariyannis

Research Director, Department Coordinator of Ottoman History
Curriculum vitae

Antonis Anastasopoulos

Associate Professor
Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete
Curriculum vitae

Elias Kolovos

Associate Professor
Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete
Curriculum vitae

Zeynep Aydogan

Postdoctoral researcher
Curriculum vitae

Dimitrios V. Giagtzoglou

PhD candidate
University of Crete, Rethymno

Christos Kyriakopoulos

PhD candidate
AEGREGIS

Markos Litinas

PhD candidate

Giorgos Vidras

PhD candidate
AEGREGIS

Research Projects

JaNet

Janissaries in Ottoman Port-Cities: Muslim Financial and Political Networks in the Early Modern Mediterranean

ERC

JaNet investigates the economic and sociopolitical role of the Janissaries in the 18th and early 19th centuries through their examination as a complex of interconnected networks in the ‘extended Mediterranean’ (including major Black Sea and Danubian ports). By studying the Janissary corps, the project brings forward a radically new historical analysis concerning, on the one hand, the role of Muslims in the Ottoman and wider Mediterranean commercial economy – a role largely ignored by the bibliography – and, on the other, the processes that led to the creation of diasporas and the dissemination of people and ideas among various Muslim communities in the area.

CURE

Cultures And Remembrances

Cultures and Remembrances virtual travel to the ecoumters of people fromthe 13th to 20th centuries.

GHOST

Geographies and Histories of the Ottoman Supernatural Tradition: Exploring Magic, the Marvelous, and the Strange in Ottoman Mentalities

ERC

The project will explore Ottoman concepts and beliefs about the supernatural. Its main objectives will be to examine the significance and content of the various perceptions of the "supernatural", to place them within the various Ottoman world images, to analyse the changes that have occurred over time and to relate them to the emergence of different cultural levels and social groups.

MedIns

Mediterranean Insularities: Space, Landscape and Agriculture in Early Modern Cyprus and Crete

MedIns is a comparative spatial history of Ottoman Cyprus and Crete during the early modern period. Based on data from the conquest fiscal survey registers of Cyprus (1572) and Crete (1669-70), the project employs G.I.S. methods and digital cartographic tools to map the patterns of economic production of the two islands.

AEGREGIS

The Rural Economy of Crete in the Early Modern Period: A GIS Approach

The project aims at studying the rural economy of Ottoman Crete combining the use of unpublished Ottoman archival material with applications offered by new technologies, such as the Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Recording and Studying the Islamic Tombstones of Ottoman Crete

Recording and Studying the Islamic Tombstones of Ottoman Crete

The original aim of the project was to record and study the tombstones of the Muslim population of Ottoman Rethymno. Over the years, however, the study of the Muslim gravestones of the Ottoman period was extended to the entire island of Crete.

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Publications