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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Fundamental Study on Ottoman Documents and Archives



  • Ottoman Empire
  • documents
  • archives
  • diplomatics
  • palaeography
  • Islamic Law


  • West Asia
  • East Europe
  • North Africa



About the Project

Project term: April, 2017–March, 2020

The Ottoman Empire, ruling the vast territories spreading over West Asia, South-East Europe and North Africa, developed highly complicated bureaucratic system. It bequeathed an enormous amount of documents mainly written in Turkish with Arabic script, as is seen today in the Prime Ministry Ottoman Archives, Topkapı Sarayı Museum in Istanbul, and SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library in Sofia and so on. These documents are crucially essential sources for historical study not only of the Ottoman domains but also of the surrounding world. The project is aimed at comprehension of morphology and functions of various types of the Ottoman documents, such as emr-i şerif, berat, hatt-ı hümayun, telhis, irade-i şerif, mektub, kaime, hulasa, arzuhal, mahzar, mazbata, hüccet, ilam, fetva, vakfiye and tezkires, comparing with similar documents issued in other Muslim states. The results of the project is also expected to serve training young researchers through annually organized “Seminars of Ottoman palaeography and diplomatics”.

Yoichi TAKAMATSU, Project Coordinator (Professor, ILCAA)





  • Hiromitsu KUROKI
  • Nobuaki KONDO
  • Wakako KUMAKURA

Joint Researchers

  • Naofumi ABE
  • Jun AKIBA
  • Keinichi ISOGAI
  • Keiko IWAMOTO
  • Satoru KIMURA
  • Madoka MORITA
  • Tomoki OKAWARA
  • Kumiko SAITO
  • Kazuaki SAWAI
  • Yasuhisa SHIMIZU
  • Mamoru TADA



The 2nd meeting

  • The 10th Seminar in Ottoman paleography and diplomatics
  • Date/Time: Sat 20 Jan 2018 14:00–18:00, Sun 21 Jan 2018 13:00–18:00
  • Venue: Room 303, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA, Core Project “Political, Social and Cultural Polarization and its Backgrounds in the Middle East and the Muslim World”, ILCAA Joint Research Project “Fundamental Study on Ottoman Documents and Archives”, Grant-In-Aid for Scientific Research(Principal Investigator: Yoichi TAKAMATSU (ILCAA) #17H02398)
  • 20 Jan
  • 14:00–14:15
    Lecture on Ottoman financial registers and siyakat scripts
    Reading Ottoman financial registers I
  • 21 Jan
  • 13:00–14:40
    Reading Ottoman financial registers II
    Reading Ottoman financial registers III
    General Discussion

The 1st meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 25 Nov 2017 14:00–18:00
  • Venue: Room 303, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA Joint Research Project “Fundamental Study on Ottoman Documents and Archives”, Grant-In-Aid for Scientific Research (Principal Investigator: Yoichi TAKAMATSU (ILCAA) #17H02398)
  • 14:00–15:30 Yoichi TAKAMATSU (ILCAA)
    “Current situation and issues of studies on Ottoman documents and archives”
    16:00–16:15 Nobuaki KONDO (ILCAA)
    “Comment 1 (from a perspective of study of Iranian History)”
    16:15–16:30 Keiko IWAMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies/JSPS)
    “Comment 2 (from a perspective of study of Ottoman History)”
    16:30–18:00 All members
    “General discussion”

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