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MORITA, Madoka

Research Associate

Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa,
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
3-11-1 Asahi-cho, Fuchu-shi,
Tokyo, 183-8534, Japan

Email: mmorita[at]

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Research interests: Ottoman Empire, urban social history

My research delves into the (trans)formation of collective identity in an early modern heterogeneous urban society.

I am a historian of the Ottoman Empire and am particularly interested in the social history of Istanbul, the imperial capital that was home to a religiously, ethnically, and socially diverse population. Based primarily on court records and other Ottoman sources, my current book project, tentatively titled Ordering Spaces, Forging Collectives: Neighborhoods of Ottoman Istanbul, 1703‒54, explores Istanbul neighborhoods as urban collectives that played a crucial role in imperial governance during the first half of the eighteenth century. The discussion revolves around the dynamics of migrant integration, regulations on gender relations, and the formation of collective identity. The historicity of these neighborhoods is an ongoing fascination of mine, therefore in my new research project I intend to expand the scope of my investigation up to the end of the nineteenth century in order to examine the transformations of these urban collectives and their changing function in the apparatus of imperial governance during a period of modern state building.

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