Feb 19, 2014

Polonia Ottomanica | Michael Polczynski & Paulina Dominik

146.     Ottoman Poland

Poland is not always remembered among the great imperial rivals of the Ottoman Empire such as Safavid Iran, the Habsburgs, and Muscovy within discussions of early modern European history. Yet, the longstanding and continuous interactions between the Polish and Ottoman worlds comprise an important component of the story of the European state system and its transformation. In this podcast, Michael Polczynski and Paulina Dominik offer an introduction to Ottoman-Polish relations and tell the stories of the first and last Polish embassies to the Ottoman Empire.


Michael Polczynski is a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University researching the history of the Ottoman Empire and Eastern Europe. (see academia.edu)
Paulina Dominik is a graduate of Oxford University's Department of Oriental Studies. (see academia.edu)
Chris Gratien is a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University researching the social and environmental history of the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East. (see academia.edu)

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Polonia Ottomanica, a blog about historical interactions between the Ottoman and Polish worlds

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Kołodziejczyk, Dariusz. 2000. Ottoman-Polish diplomatic relations 15th - 18th century: an annotated edition of ʻahdnames and other documents. Leiden [u.a.]: Brill.

Nadel-Golobič, Eleonora. 1979. "Armenians and Jews in Medieval Lvov. Their Role in Oriental Trade 1400-1600". Cahiers Du Monde Russe Et Soviétique. 20 (3/4): 345-388.

Feb 15, 2014

Bathing in the Bosphorus

with Burkay Pasin

hosted by Kalliopi Amygdalou

The public bath or hamam was fixture of most Ottoman towns. When interest in seaside summer spaces grew during the nineteenth century, this urban space was adapted to an aquatic one in the form of sea baths that littered the Bosphorus and appeared in some other coastal cities of the Ottoman Empire. In this episode, Burkay Pasin offers an overview of this emergent public space, which he describes as a transitional point in the transition from the private, gender segretated spaces of the hamam to the form of the public beaches found in Turkey today.

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Burkay Pasin is completing a doctorate in history at Middle East Technical University in Ankara and is currently a lecturer at Izmir University of Economics (see faculty page)
Kalliopi Amygdalou is a doctoral candidate in the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College in London working on the relationship between national historiographies and the built environment in Greece and Turkey (see academia.edu)

Episode No. 145
Release Date: 15 February 2014
Location: Izmir, Turkey 
Editing and Production: Chris Gratien and Serkan Şavk
Image and bibliography courtesy of Burkay Pasin (see below)

This episode is part of our series on Urban Space in the Ottoman World


Salacak Sea Baths, 1875 by Kargopulo (Source: Evren, 2000 p.16)

Women’s section of the sea bath in Moda, 1920s by Ali Enis Oza (Source: Gökhan Akçura Archive)

Interior pool of a sea bath for males (Source: Evren, 2000 p.40)


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Arık, Ş., 2005. "Türk Romanında İlginç Bir Mekan Unsuru: Deniz Hamamları." In: Kastamonu Eğitim Dergisi, Cilt: 13, No: 2, Kastamonu, pp. 633-638.
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Feb 8, 2014

Galata and the Capitulations

with Fariba Zarinebaf

hosted by Nir Shafir and Zoe Griffith

The capitulations, a series of bilateral agreements with European states and merchants, are sometimes held up as symbols of early Ottoman concessions to European powers and the beginnings of Ottoman economic decline. This misreading, which is in part the product of a misinterpretation of the word "capitulation" itself, impedes a proper understanding of Ottoman Empire and the legal context of the early modern Mediterranean. In this episode, Fariba Zarinebaf offers a different look at the capitulations or ahdnames within the broader context of law and diplomacy in Ottoman Galata and other port cities.

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Fariba Zarinebaf is an Associate Professor of History at University of California-Riverside. (see faculty page)
Nir Shafir is a doctoral candidate at UCLA studying Ottoman intellectual history. (see academia.edu)
Zoe Griffith is a doctoral candidate at Brown University studying the early modern Mediterranean. (see academia.edu)

Episode No. 144
Release date: 8 February 2014
Editing and production by Chris Gratien

Citation: "Galata, Ottoman Ports, and the Capitulations," Fariba Zarinebaf, Nir Shafir, and Zoe Griffith, Ottoman History Podcast, No. 144 (8 Feburary 2014) http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2014/02/ottoman-empire-capitulations.html.
Griffith is a doctoral candidate at Brown University studying the early modern Mediterranean - See more at: http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2011/11/ottoman-lebanon-property.html#sthash.qU9EtwKA.dpuf
Zoe Griffith is a doctoral candidate at Brown University studying the early modern Mediterranean - See more at: http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2011/11/ottoman-lebanon-property.html#sthash.qU9EtwKA.dpuf

Feb 1, 2014

The Ottoman Scramble for Africa

with Mostafa Minawi

hosted by Chris Gratien

The Ottoman Empire occupies an unusual place among the competing imperial powers of the nineteenth century. On one hand, a weak military position often forced the Ottomans to accept unfavorable economic and political arrangements while playing other empires off each other to maintain autonomy. On the other, we find expansion of state institutions throughout the Ottoman domains and an increased Ottoman presence in many parts of Asia and the Indian Ocean. Many even point to a form of Ottoman colonialism practiced in the frontiers of the empire. In this episode, Mostafa Minawi offers a glimpse at Ottoman practices in the realm of strategic imperial diplomacy within the context of the Scramble for Africa and European competition over influence in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Mostafa Minawi is an Assistant Professor of History at Cornell University. (faculty page)
Chris Gratien is a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University researching the social and environmental history of the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East. (see academia.edu)

Episode No. 143
Release date: 1 February 2014
Location: Feriköy, Istanbul
Editing and production by Chris Gratien

Citation: "The Ottoman Scramble for Africa," Mostafa Minawi and Chris Gratien, Ottoman History Podcast, No. 143 (1 February 2014)  http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2014/02/ottoman-empire-colonialism-africa.html.


David Levering Lewis, The Race to Fashoda: European Colonialism and African Resistance in the Scramble for Africa (New York: Weidenfeld and
Nicolson, 1987).

Idris Bostan, “The Ottoman Empire and the Congo: the crisis of 1893-95,” in Studies on Ottoman
Diplomatic History
, part v, ed. Selim Deringil and Sinan Kuneralp (Istanbul: ISIS, 1990).

Lisa Anderson, The State and Social Reformation in Tunisia and Libya, 1830–1980 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986).

Sidqi al-Dajani, Al-Haraka al-Sanusiyya, Nashʾatuha wa Numuwaha fi al-Qarn at-Tasiʿ ʿAshar (Cairo: 1967).

Abdulmola S. el-Horeir, “Social and Economic Transformations in the Libyan Hinterland
During the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century: The Role of Sayyid Ahmad al-Sharif al-Sanusi” (Ph.D. diss, UCLA, 1981).

Claudia Anna Gazzini, “Jihad in Exile: Ahmad al-Sharif al-Sanusi, 1918–1933” (MA
thesis, Princeton University, 2004).

Jonathan Miran, Red Sea Citizens: Cosmopolitan Society and Cultural Change in Massawa (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2009).

The Royal Geographical Society, “Delimitation of British and French Spheres in Central Africa,” The
Geographical Journal 13, no. 5 (May, 1899): 524–25.