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Eye-witness accounts as historical sources for the history of the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East in the late Byzantine and Ottoman periods

This conference, which examined travel accounts, histories and chronicles, and personal accounts, was organised jointly with Julian Chrysostomides and the Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London.
I Travel Accounts 

Kate Fleet (Cambridge), Piloti goes to Naxos: a mission for the Mamluks.

Ebru Boyar (ODTÜ, Ankara), Syphilis in Anatolia through the eyes of a journalist in

Capitulations: text and context

This joint conference was organized with l’Istituto per l’Oriente C.A. Nallino, Rome and CNRWS, Leiden University, and held in Leiden on 21-22 September 2002.

Papers from the conference were edited by Maurits van den Boogert and Kate Fleet and published in The Ottoman Capitulations: Text and Context (Oriente Moderno, XXII/3) (Rome, 2003).
Friday 21 September

Welcome and opening

Chair: Alexander de

The Ottomans and trade

Papers from this conference were edited by Ebru Boyar and Kate Fleet and published in The Ottomans and Trade (Oriente Moderno, XXV/1) (Rome, 2006).
Thursday 21 March

Chair: Dr Colin Heywood (SOAS)
Professor Dan Goffman (Indiana), Homogeneity and heterogenity in the Early Modern Ottoman world: toward a typology for Ottoman expansion. 
Professor Salih Özbaran (Izmir), The Ottomans and the Indian trade: new data and

Taxation in the Ottoman world 1300-1660

CHAIR: Lesley Peirce (UCLA)

Jonathan Harris (London), Laonikos Chalkokondyles and Ottoman taxation. 

Kate Fleet (Cambridge), Tax farming in Istanbul after the conquest: the case of rents. 

Eleni Sakellariou (Ioannina), The Western perspective: tax farming in a province of the Spanish empire. Southern Italy and the Genoese involvement. 

Huri Islamoglu (Sabanc University), Taxation as an aspect of pre-modern property relations: the Ottoman case. 


Piracy in the Ottoman empire

This conference considered various aspects of corsairing, piracy and ransom in the Mediterranean.

CHAIR: Elena Frangakis-Syrett (CUNY)

Elizabeth Zachariadou (Crete) Itinerant corsairs in the Aegean (14th-15th centuries) 

Nicolas Vatin (Paris) Tableau de la piraterie dans les eaux ottomanes en 1559-1560

Pàl Fodor (ELTE, Budapest) Piracy, ransom, slavery and trade: French participation in the liberation of Ottoman slaves from Malta 

Maurits van den Boogert

The Ottoman Frontier

This conference examined the Ottoman frontier under four main headings: the fluid frontier, the fixed frontier, the commercial frontier and the cultural frontier.

17-20 March 1999
The Fluid Frontier

Chair: Colin Heywood (SOAS)
Colin Imber (Manchester), The vocabulary of frontiers
Keith Hopwood (Lampeter), The wild west: the frontier with Byzantium in the 12th and early 13th centuries
Charles Melville (Cambridge), The western border of

Ottoman archeology

This conference was organised in conjunction with Mark Nesbitt, Institute of Archaeology, UCL.

Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu (Hacettepe, Ankara), Excavations in Istanbul. 

Machiel Kiel (Utrecht), Electronic” excavation of an Ottoman külliye in Kirkkavak. 

Caroline Finkel (Istanbul), Dirt and documents: the case of Ottoman Ozi (Ochakov). 

Joanita Vroom (Utrecht), Turkish rubbish in Greek soil: the Ottoman pottery from some waste pits in Thebes, Boetia. 

Thurstan Robinson (Oxford), Archaeology

Aspects of the late Ottoman economy

Focusing on commerce, banking, crafts, guilds and economic trends, this conference considered the Ottoman economy in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Amnon Cohen (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), The changing face of the Fertile Crescent: Hourani’s ideas in the light of further research. 

Eugene Rogan (Oxford), Families and trade in the early 19th century. 

Ruba Kanaan (Oxford), Reconstruction of an

The Ottomans and the sea

Friday 22 March, 1996

Elizabeth Zachariadou, Monks and Sailors under the Ottoman Sultans.
Catherine Otten, Relations between the Aegean Islands and the Turks in the 14th and 15th Centuries. 
Kate Fleet, Early Turkish naval activities. 
Molly Greene, Ruling an island without a navy: a comparative look at Venetian and Ottoman Crete.
Palmira Brummett, The Ottomans as a world power: what we don’t know about Ottoman

Ottoman cities

Papers at this conference considered Cairo, Üsküp and Jerusalem, as well as Qasr Ibrim and Ottoman style and imperial ideology in an urban setting.

Chair: André Raymond (Aix-en-Provence)


Doris Behrens Abouseif (Munich)
Dawudiyya in Ottoman Cairo


Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu (Cambridge)
Ottoman style and imperial ideology: participation in a visual experience within an urban setting


Machiel Kiel (Utrecht)
Üsküp: the emergence of an Ottoman city


Wendy Pullan (Cambridge)
Jerusalem: transformation