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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 (Associate Professor, ILCAA)





  • Hiromitsu KUROKI
  • Nobuaki KONDO

Joint Researchers

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



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