[MGSA-L] Princeton Hellenic Studies Lecture: November 13, 2012

Dimitri H. Gondicas gondicas at Princeton.EDU
Thu Nov 8 10:09:46 PST 2012


Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies


Greek Orthodox Communal Institutions
in Late Ottoman Law and Administration

Ayşe Ozil
aozil at princeton.edu<mailto:aozil at princeton.edu>
Hannah Seeger Davis Postdoctoral Fellow, Hellenic Studies

Respondent: Molly Greene, History and Hellenic Studies

This paper examines the place of Greek Orthodox communal institutions in the legal and administrative frameworks of the late Ottoman Empire. Focusing on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when both Greek institutions and Ottoman law went through drastic changes, it investigates the ways in which Ottoman state authorities defined and gave shape to non-Muslim communal life. Tracing the history of a number of churches, high schools and philanthropic associations in Istanbul and western Anatolia, the paper aims to demonstrate how law worked in practice and explore the implications of legal arrangements for the way religion and education were organised in the late Ottoman Empire. By tackling issues of continuity and change from the Ottoman period to Republican Turkey, this investigation also offers insights to the legal-administrative environment in which Greek communal institutions have been run since the end of the empire.

Ayşe Ozil holds a Ph.D. in history (2009) from Birkbeck College, University of London. Her doctoral thesis, which is due to be published in 2012 by Routledge under the title Orthodox Christians in the Late Ottoman Empire: A Study of Communal Relations in Anatolia explores the meaning and practice of community among Orthodox Christians of the Ottoman Empire in north-western Anatolia during the second half of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She has contributed to the books H Mikrasiatiki Katastrofi kai oi Prosfyges: Mia Nea Optiki (A. Liakos, ed., 2011) and İstanbul'un Rum Mimarları (E. Şarlak and H. Kuruyazıcı, eds., 2010) and published Turkish translations of Greek works including Periegesis eis tin Pamphylian kata to 1850 by D. Danieloglou. Since 2009 she has taught at Boğaziçi and Sabancı universities. Her current research focuses on the social and cultural history of Greeks in Ottoman Istanbul.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
6:00 p.m.
Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103

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