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Ottoman Studies (15th-19th century)

The Ottoman Studies programme focuses its attention on:

The study of the urban grid, population dynamics and the economic activities of populations in the Ottoman Empire that lived in areas which are today Greek territory. The primary concern of the programme continues to be the publication and annotation of Ottoman sources in order to create a corpus for Greece.

The study of Cappadocia. The programme focuses its attention on aspects of the culture of Rum inhabitants in the region from the 15th century up to the Population Exchange.

Within the context of the programme and kindly sponsored by the Τurkish Cultural Foundation the Course of Ottoman Language & Paleography has been completed during the years 2012-2016 taught by Dimitris Loupis.

The programme provides training for Turkish students. Since 2010 the Ottoman Studies programme has been collaborating with the Turkish Cultural Foundation, which undertook to grant scholarships to Turkish students, allowing them to be trained at the National Hellenic Research Foundation.


1. During the period 2000-2008 the programme took part in the organization of seven ΟΙΝΟΝ ΙΣΤΟΡΩ (History of Wine) conferences on the history of wine in Greece, sponsored by Greek wine producers.

2. It organized three International Workshops on Karamanlidika Studies in collaboration with Prof. Μatthias Kappler (University of Cyprus, 2008) and Prof. Mehmet Ölmez (Yıldız University 2010, 2013).

The programme took part by leading a team of Turkish historians, in the following research programmes:

  1. "Thesprotia Expedition", a project by the Finnish Institute at Athens (2005-2010).
  2. "Ottoman Larnaca" by the Department of Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cyprus (2009-2011).

3. Training of Turkish postgraduate students.

In 2006-2007 the National Hellenic Research Foundation was host to the postgraduate students Filiz Yasar (Chios in Ottoman tax registers) and Elif Bayraktar (The Institution of the Orthodox Church in the 17th century). In 2008 Suleyman Emre Sunu (Labour movement in Thessaloniki during the Mesrutiyet-regime) was trained on the programme. In 2009-2010 the Foundation welcomed Filiz Yasar on a scholarship from the State Scholarships Foundation and the Foundation for Education and European Culture. In 2010 it was host to Senhaz Sismanoglu, a postgraduate student from Bogazici University (with a dissertation on Karamanlidika texts). In 2010-2011 we welcomed Gurer Karagedikli (Bilkent University) with a dissertation on the Jewish community in 18th century Adrianople. The last two students were granted a scholarship by the Turkish Cultural Foundation. From 2011-2013 Αytek Soner Alpan was trained on the programme on a scholarship from the Foundation for Education and European Culture for the study of the refugee issue.



Evangelia Balta, Research Director, Programme director
Dimitris Loupis, Research Fellow, Head of the project ''Corpus of Ottoman Inscriptions in Greece (CIOG-Corpus Inscriptionum Ottomanicarum Graeciae)'', see Ottoman Epigraphy and the seminar Course of Ottoman Language and Paleography.
Leonidas Moiras, Research Collaborator


Ongoing projects

Since 2013 it has been working alongside the Cyprus Scientific Foundation on the Programme Ottoman Sources of Paphos, which will be completed in 2016.
The programme takes part in research into the history of oil in collaboration with the Piraeus Bank Cultural Foundation (PIOP).
It is preparing a database for Karamanlidika press and Karamanlidika bibliography.

Publications (only books)

  • Cultural Encounters Between Muslims and non-Muslims in the Turkish-speaking Communities of the Late Ottoman Empire, Editor Evangelia Balta (with the contribution of  Mehmet Ölmez),  Istanbul, The Isis Press, 2014.
  • The Exchange of Populations. Historiography and Refugee Memory, Istanbul, Istos, 2014.
  • Festschrift in Honor of Ioannis P. Theocharides, vol. I: Studies on Ottoman Cyprus, vol. II: Studies on the Ottoman Empire and Turkey, Edited by Evangelia Balta – Georgios Salakidis  – Theoharis Stavrides, Istanbul, The Isis Press, 2014.
  • Miscellaneous Studies on the Karamanlidika Literary Tradition, Istanbul, The Isis Press, 2013.
  • Histories of Ottoman Larnaca, Edited by Evangelia Balta – Theoharis Stavrides – Ioannis Theocharides, Istanbul, The Isis Press, 2012.
  • Reliques d'un Empire Ottoman. Eugène Dalleggio à la recherche de publications karamanlies, Textes recueillis, commentés et édités par Evangelia Balta, Istanbul, Les éditions Isis, 2011.
  • Between Religion and Language: Turkish-Speaking Christians, Jews and Greek-Speaking Muslims and Catholics in the Ottoman Empire, edited by Evangelia Balta, Mehmet Ölmez, Istanbul, Eren, 2011.
  • Yücel Dağlı Anısına. "geldi Yücel, gitti Yücel, bir nefes gibi..." (eds) Evangelia Balta, Yorgos Dedes, Emin Nedret İşli, M.Sabri Koz, İstanbul, Turkuaz Yayınları, 2011.
  • Cries and Whispers in Karamanlidika Books, Proceedings of the First International Conference on Karamanlidika Studies (Nicosia, 11th–13th September 2008), Edited by Evangelia Balta and Matthias Kappler, Harrassowitz Verlag - Wiesbaden 2010.
  • Beyond the Language Frontier: Studies on the Karamanlis and Karamanlidika Printing, Istanbul, Isis Press, 2010.
  • Sinasos. Images and Narratives, Birzamanlar Yayincilik, Istanbul 2009.
  • Livâ-i Resmo: Tahrir Defteri (co-author Mustafa Oğuz), Türk Tarih Kurumu, Ankara 2009.
  • Η οθωμανική απογραφή των Κυθήρων, 1715, Αθήνα, INE/ΕΙΕ - 107, 2009.
  • Ürgüp / Prokopi. Photographs from the Archive of the Centre for Asia Minor Studies, Athens, Centre for Asia Minor Studies, 2004.
  • Ottoman Studies and Archives in Greece, Analecta Isisiana LXX, The Isis Press, Istanbul 2003.
  • Greek Orthodox communities of Cappadocia. The district of Prokopi (Ürgüp). Sources in the General State Archives of Greece and the Centre for Asia Minor Studies (co-author with Matoula Kouroupou), Athens, Centre for Asia Minor Studies, 2001 [in Greek]
  • Peuple et production. Pour une interprétation des sources ottomanes, Istanbul, Isis Press, 1999.
  • Karamanlidika. Nouvelles additions et compléments I, Athènes, Centre d'Etudes d'Asie Mineure, 1997.
  • Problèmes et approches de l'histoire ottomane. Un itinéraire scientifique de Kayseri à Egriboz, Istanbul, Isis, 1997.
  • Les vakifs de Serrès et de sa région (XVe et XVIe s.). Un premier inventaire, Athènes, Fondation Nationale pour la Recherche Scientifique, 1995.
  • La découverte de la Cappadoce au 19e siècle (co-author with Ilias Anagnostakis), Istanbul, Eren, 1994.
  • L'Eubée à la fin du XVe siècle. Économie et Population. Les registres de l'année 1474, Athènes, Archive of Euboean Studies, 1989.
  • Karamanlidika. Bibliographie analytique d'ouvrages en langue turque en caractères grecs. Additions 1584-1900, Athènes, Centre d'Etudes d'Asie Mineure, 1987.
  • Karamanlidika. Bibliographie analytique d'ouvrages en langue turque en caractères grecs. XXe siècle, Athènes, Centre d'Etudes d'Asie Mineure, 1987.



The programme works alongside external associates on topics of mutual interest and houses their research. It also collaborates with professors from Istanbul University and Şehir University (Istanbul) for conducting studies and with Hacettepe and Bilkent Universities (Ankara), SOAS (University of London) and Harvard University for training postgraduate students in Greece and abroad.
Since 2010 the programme has been working alongside the Τurkish Cultural Foundation in the research for Karamanlidika Studies, whose aim is to locate and publish archival material on Turcophone Orthodox Rums in the Ottoman Empire and on Karamanlidika publications, namely books, periodicals and newspapers, which circulated in the Turkish language printed in Greek characters (from the early 18th up to the first decades of the 20th century).
Since 2011 the Ottoman Studies Programme participates in the Intensive Ottoman and Turkish Summer School (Cunda / Alibey Adasi), where Evangelia Balta introduces students to research into Ottoman archival material that is related to the history of the Turcophone Orthodox population of Central Asia Minor and their intellectual production (Karamanlidika press and manuscripts).


The Karamanlidika press database is to be uploaded in 2014.

Prizes - Distinctions

  • 2010 Evangelia Balta was awarded the sum of 25,000 US dollars by the Turkish Cultural Foundation for her contribution to the field of Karamanlidika Studies.
  • 2013 She was made an honorary member of the Turkish Historical Society at a special ceremony held at the Ciragan Palace (30.10.2013) along with 61 other historians from around the world who are engaged in the study of Ottoman times and the history of the Turkish Republic.


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