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A7 Ottoman Empire (project completed)

Dynamic Asymmetries in Transcultural Flows at the Intersection of Asia and Europe: The Case of the Early Modern Ottoman Empire

Coordination: Michael Ursinus, Thomas Maissen


Dynamic Asymmetries in Transcultural Flows at the Intersection of Asia and Europe: The Case of the Early Modern Ottoman Empire

Until very recently historians have tended to overemphasize a bloc distinction between a Christian and European West on the one hand and an Asian and 'Islamic' Ottoman Empire on the other. Taking the notion of a shared Euro-Ottoman world as its starting point, our project and the four individual case studies of which it consisted have investigated the historical entanglements between the Ottoman Empire and its Western neighbours in the spheres of diplomacy and public policy (Pascal Firges and Gülay Tulasoğlu), the legal sphere (Christian Roth), and migration and religious conversion (Tobias Graf). Below the surface of a rhetoric of alterity, Ottomans and Christian-Europeans were often willing to learn from one another and interact in ways which proved mutually beneficial. In addition to four doctoral dissertations, some of our results and the related findings of esteemed colleagues in the field will appear in a volume of collected essays which is scheduled for publication in 2013.

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New Publication - Well-Connected Domains: Towards an Entangled Ottoman History (Leiden: Brill, 2014)

Project A7 is proud to announce the publication of a collection of essays entitled Well-Connected Domains: Towards an Entangled Ottoman History (vol. 57 in the series The Ottoman Empire and Its Heritage) by Brill. Edited by A7's Pascal Firges, Tobias Graf, Christian Roth, and Gülay Tulasoğlu, the volume offers a fresh perspective on the history of the Ottoman Empire as deeply connected to the world beyond its borders by way of trade, warfare and diplomacy, as much as intellectual exchanges, migration, and personal relations.

While for decades the Ottoman Empire has been portrayed as largely aloof and distant from - as well as disinterested in - developments abroad, this collection of essays highlights the deep entanglement between the Ottoman realm and its European neighbours. Taking their starting points from individual case studies, the contributions offer novel interpretations of a variety of aspects of Ottoman history as well as new impulses for future research.

Contributors are Sotirios Dimitriadis, Suraiya N. Faroqhi, Maximilian Hartmuth, Gábor Kármán, Aylin Koçunyan, Viorel Panaite, Nur Sobers-Khan, Michael Talbot, and Joshua M. White.

The volume will be available from mid-July 2014. For further information, and a full table of contents, see here, as well as the publisher's catalogue.

Project A7 in front of Heidelberg's Gate of Felicity