Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies: London – Birmingham – Oxford

May 23, 2016 11:30

2nd Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies to be held in collaboration with some of the UK’s leading research and academic institutions and led by renowned Ottoman experts

Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies: London – Birmingham – Oxford

Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies:  23rd – 27th May 2016

Final Registration Deadline: 29 April, Friday 2016

Keynote Speaker:

Dr Fred Anscombe Head of Department of History, Classics and Archaeology Birkbeck, University of London

LCSS is proud to announce a 2nd Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies to be held in collaboration with some of the UK’s leading research and academic institutions and led by renowned Ottoman experts.

The Programme is designed to fill the gap for much-needed short-term programmes aimed at helping researchers and students working in the field of Ottoman Studies. As a result, the Programme will give you access to the finest Ottoman resources available in the UK and guide you on key archival research methods.

Over the course of the week, you will visit world-famous libraries and archives including the Ottoman manuscripts collection at the British Library; the Weston and Oriental Institute Libraries at Oxford University; the Welcome Library; the UK National Archives; and the Mingana Collection of Manuscripts at Birmingham University.

In each of these institutions you will be able to explore fascinating original documents illustrating the diversity and wealth of the Ottoman heritage in arts, literature, science, law, diplomacy, medicine, astronomy, and naval warfare. You will also learn about Al-Furqan Foundation’s Digital Portal, which contains catalogues of Islamic manuscripts held in libraries around the world as well as other unique reference sources in the field of Islamic written heritage.

While you will attend a number of fascinating talks on relevant topics by well-known experts in the field, the Programme also includes a seminar-discussion co-hosted by the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, where you will have the opportunity to present and discuss your own research.

The content of the Programme includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • The current state of Ottoman studies: trends and challenges
  • Ottoman Historical Studies since 1909: early scholars in the context of Archival Research
  • Research on the court registers (siciller): methodologies and results
  • An overview of medieval and early modern-era Ottoman sources at the UK National Archives (includes: tax documents, customs accounts, port books, state papers)
  • An overview of modern-era Ottoman sources at the UK National Archives (includes: Foreign Office & Colonial Office registers and indexes, Cabinet papers, maps and photographs)
  • Understanding archives as key to understanding records
  • A hand-written book vs. a hand-written archival item: differences and misconceptions
  • The Arabic script and its role in preservation of knowledge in the Ottoman Empire
  • The diversity of languages of the Ottoman Empire
  • A viewing of the Ottoman manuscripts and rare books held in the beautiful Bahari Room at the Weston Library at Oxford University.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to this exciting and diverse programme!

Contact for enquiries:

Rosa Vercoe

LCSS reserves the right to amend the content of the Programme in the event of unforeseeable circumstances       

To download the flyer and the full timetable of the programme please follow the links below:


DAY 1, Monday 23 May 2016

The Keynes Library

School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London

46 Gordon Square,



British Library

96 Euston Rd, London


DAY 2Tuesday 24 May 2016

The UK National Archives

Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU

DAY 3, Wednesday 25 May 2016

Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation

22A Old Court Place, London, W8 4PL

Welcome Library

183 Euston Road

London NW1 2BE

DAY 4, Thursday 26 May 2016

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies

University of Birmingham


Watson Building

Birmingham, B15 2TT

Day 5, Friday 27 May 2016

Weston Library

Bodleian Library,

Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

Ashmolean Museum

Beaumont Street

Oxford OX1 2PH

Testimonials from 2015

‘It was a pleasure to meet Dr Muhammad Isa Waley. His commentary on the British Library collection and his selection of Ottoman manuscripts provided me with many insights on the complex nature of the field and the variety of available materials.’ – Dr S. Naguib

 ‘It was beneficial in terms of gaining familiarity with the sources and libraries/research centres relevant to my field in England. I also gained useful advice for research methodology, especially given the fact that I am a first year PhD candidate.’ – Anonymous

‘…it gave an idea for researchers about the libraries to explore and also, helped how to find the sources easily.’ – Anonymous

‘The expertise and the quality of the instructors were amazing: to be honest, I wasn’t expecting it to be at this level.’ – Dr S. Alsan

‘[The Programme] was highly stimulating. I managed to locate what seems to be a useful manuscript through Al-Furqan catalogue. In addition, I have a better grasp of how to research the historical contexts of these manuscripts through archival collections which I would not have normally considered as possible sources for my work on intellectual history.’– Dr S. Naguib


Find out more: LCSS Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, London, 3rd-7th August 2015

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LCSS Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies 2016

23 May-27 May 2016

London – Birmingham – Oxford

Please register as soon as possible to confirm your participation.

Registration fee includes the training induction on 23 May 2016 and access to all training sessions. The fee does not include your accommodation and travel costs.

Please also see the cancellation policy at the bottom of this page.


Registration costs are refundable in exceptional circumstances where an administrative charge may apply up to 10% of the training fee.


Rosa Vercoe, London Centre for Social Studies, Projects and Operations Manager, MSc in Development Studies with Special Reference to Central Asia (SOAS), MA in Internal Relations: Theory and Practice (Nottingham Trent), Diploma in Russian Language and Literature (Kazakhstan State University)

Dr Fred Anscombe, Head of Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London, BA History (Yale), MA and PhD Near Eastern Studies (Princeton), Reader in Modern History

Dr  Muhammad Isa Waley, Curator for Persian & Turkish, Asian and African Studies at British Library

Dr Juliette Desplat, Head, Modern Overseas Records, Advice & Records Knowledge Department, The National Archives

Ruth Selman, Principal Early Modern Records Specialist, Medieval and Early   Modern team Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD candidate, University of Roehampton

Celeste Gianni, SOAS PhD Candidate, Library Assistant at Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation

Dr Nikolaj Serikoff, Asian Collections Librarian at Welcome Library

Dr Marios Hadjianastasis,  historian of the Ottoman Empire, the early modern Mediterranean and global history and an academic practice advisor at the Centre for Learning and Academic Development (CLAD) at the University of Birmingham

Alasdair Watson, Bahari Curator at the Bodleian Libraries with responsibility for Middle Eastern and Islamic manuscripts at University of Oxford

Dr Zeynep Yürekli-Görkay, Associate Professor in Islamic Art and Architecture at the Faculty of Oriental Studies and a Fellow of Wolfson College

Dr Dinah Manisty, Librarian-in-Charge at Oxford University Oriental Institute Library

The Programme Timetable

23rd – 27th May, 2016

Please click the link below to see the full details of the Programme.


For all enquiries please contact:

Rosa Vercoe

LCSS Projects and Operations Manager and Ottoman Training Programme Coordinator


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