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Welcome to Ottoman Studies at the University of Birmingham.

The sections under this page enlist various activities relevant to Ottoman Studies in the UK and abroad.


IRCICA is an international institution active in the fields of research, publishing, documentation and information. Its mandate covers multifarious themes in the fields of the history of Muslim nations, history of arts and sciences in Islam, and other subject areas in Islamic culture and civilisation. By means of these activities, IRCICA aims at studying and better introducing the Islamic culture and civilisation throughout the world and acting as a catalyst for research and cooperation in these areas to promote mutual understanding between Muslims and with other nations and cultures of the world


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Marios Hadjianastasis is a historian of Europe and the Mediterranean in the Early Modern period. His specialisations include the history of the Ottoman Empire, Cyprus in the Ottoman Period, Venice, English and Venetian trade in the Ottoman Empire and Mediterranean history from the 16th to the 19th century. Currently based at the University of Birmingham Marios is an Academic Practice Advisor in addition to his history work and as well as running the above site he also maintains this website on Historical Photography.

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Stambouline: Art and Culture off the beaten path. This blog is run by History of Art graduate student Emily Neumeier who studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Emily works in conjunction with Chris and the team over at the Ottoman History Podcast and her blog explores the art and architecture of the Ottoman empire with some fascinating insights into things you won’t find in your average guide book, as well as lots of handy information for travelers thinking of exploring this area of the world.


Useful and comprehensive independent volunteer site with a large collection of Tuğras, information on their readings and other useful information. Like them on Facebook.

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East is East and West is West…and often the twain DID meet!

Follow the link above to the website for the Christian Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History 1500-1900 project. This research project is ongoing and is based within the University of Birmingham. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council the project aims to provide a definitive reference to documentary sources charting the interactions of two of the largest global religions throughout history! Several volumes have already been published by Brill and an international interdisciplinary team continue to work on the project.

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Check out the fantastic work of Chris Gratien and his team over at the Ottoman History Podcast! Regular new episodes, maps, courses and music. Also follow/like Ottoman History Podcast on Facebook/Twitter.

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Check out the blog of Diana Wright. Outtakes from her work as a historian of the 15th-century intersection of the Byzantines, the Venetians, and the Ottomans.

Duke University Library has put a large part of it’s Ottoman-Turkish Collection Online. See Here.

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