Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Research Projects

JaNet

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

(2019 -2025)
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

(2018 -2021)

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

(2017 -2023)
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

(2014 -2016)

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

(2017 -2020)

The project aims at studying the rural economy of Ottoman Crete combining the use of unpublished Ottoman archival material with applications offered by new technologies, such as the Geographical Information Systems (GIS).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

(2001 )

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.

Social Aspects and Implications of the Disease Phenomenon: A Historical Approach

Social Aspects and Implications of the Disease Phenomenon: A Historical Approach

(2015 -2017)

The aim of the project was to collect historical information on the phenomenon of the disease in Crete during the Ottoman period, to organise these historical testimonies in a digital database accessible to the academic community and to the public, as well as the historical processing of the above-mentioned sources. The project was implemented under the Agreement between the General Secretariat for Research and Technology and the Foundation for Research and Technology in the frameworks of the Compromise Agreement between the Hellenic Republic and Siemens.

Historical and Archaeological Testimonies on the Water Environment and the Management of Water Resources in Crete during the Venetian and Ottoman Period

Historical and Archaeological Testimonies on the Water Environment and the Management of Water Resources in Crete during the Venetian and Ottoman Period

(2015 -2017)

The long history of water resource management on the island of Crete, at the heart of the eastern Mediterranean, is full of significant achievements in the design and construction of a variety of water-related infrastructure (pertaining to water supply, transport, distribution, etc.) through which the different local cultures have met their diverse needs of water supply in changing climatic conditions.

The Island of Andros under Ottoman Rule

The Island of Andros under Ottoman Rule

(2002 -2017)

The aim of the project was to study the economic and social history of the island of Andros under Ottoman administration (1538/1579-1821), in the light of the information provided by the Ottoman documents preserved on the island and by archive material from the Basbakanlik Ottoman Archive in Istanbul. The ultimate goal of the project was to contribute to a wider study of the Aegean island societies under Ottoman rule.

Translation of the Ottoman Judicial Registers of Herakleio

Translation of the Ottoman Judicial Registers of Herakleio

(2000 )

The project aims at the translation of the Ottoman judicial registers (seriye sicilleri), a source of special importance for the Cretan history, preserved in the Turkish Archive of Herakleio (Ott. Kandiye), in continuation of the work of the late Nikolaos Stavrinides.

OttPol

History of Ottoman Political Thought

(2007 -2015)

The aim of the project is to study all the known Ottoman texts of political thought and ideology, with the ultimate goal of producing a comprehensive book on Ottoman political ideas before the Tanzimat.

Ottoman Sources for the History of the Island of Lefkada

Ottoman Sources for the History of the Island of Lefkada

(2009 -2011)

The aim of the project is to study the economic and social history of the island of Lefkada (Aya Mavra) under Ottoman administration (1479-1684).

Translation of the Ottoman Judicial Registers of Veroia

Translation of the Ottoman Judicial Registers of Veroia

(2004 )

The aim of the project is the translation and publication of the Ottoman judicial records of the city of Veroia, which are located in the Imathia Branch of the General State Archives.

Locating, transcribing, translating and commenting of Ottoman constitutional documents of the Principality of Samos

Locating, transcribing, translating and commenting of Ottoman constitutional documents of the Principality of Samos

(2009 -2012)

The aim of the project, which forms part of a wider project of The Hellenic Parliament Foundation for Parliamentarism and Democracy, directed by Sophia Laiou (Ionian University), is to contribute to a forthcoming volume on the constitutional documents of the Principality of Samos (1834-1912).

Record and study of the names of people in Greece in the post- Middle Ages and early modern times. Names of people of Thessaly and Eastern Macedonia.

Record and study of the names of people in Greece in the post- Middle Ages and early modern times. Names of people of Thessaly and Eastern Macedonia.

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The aim of the project is to collect and organise a huge volume of data so as to facilitate utilization for further study. This data concerns material relating to the names of people which were used during the period on which the research focuses, and which constitute a partial aspect of the social reality of the time and can represent a starting point for the study of basic historical issues.

Digital Crete

Digital Crete: Mediterranean Cultural Itineraries

(2004 -2005)

The Programme of Turkish Studies contributed in Digital Crete a system of cultural information concerning the Ottoman Centuries in Crete.

Classification of the Turkish Archive of Chania

Classification of the Turkish Archive of Chania

(1995 -1998)

The project aimed at classifying and cataloguing the archival material of the Ottoman Archive of Chania (Ottoman, Greek, bilingual registers and documents - dating mostly from the second half of the 19th century).

Translation and commentary of the 'Book of Sacrifices: The victims of the Revolution of 1821 in Crete'

Translation and commentary of the 'Book of Sacrifices: The victims of the Revolution of 1821 in Crete'

(1998 -2000)

The project aimed at the commentated translation of the Ottoman register no. 120 of the Turkish Archive of Herakleio.

Microfilming Ottoman archives

Microfilming Ottoman archives

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Within the context of this project, there have been microfilmed the Ottoman documents from the archives of the monasteries of Simonos Petra, Stavroniketa, Iveron, Vatopedi, Dionysiou, Megiste Lavra, as well as of the Protato on Mount Athos.

Anthemion

Thesaurus of the Institutions of the Communities of the Archbishopric of Constantinople - Anthemion

(1996 -1998)

The project aimed at locating, recording, photographing and assessing the value of the archival material which is preserved in institutions or private archives of the communities of the Archbishopric of Constantinople. The result of the project is a catalogue of approximately 300 pages of 26 archives.