The Maghreb and the Western Mediterranean during the Ottoman Period

The Maghreb and the Western Mediterranean during the Ottoman Period

The OIC Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA, Istanbul) and the Royal Institute for Research on the History of Morocco (IRRHM, Rabat) are jointly organising an International Congress on «The Maghreb and the Western Mediterranean during the Ottoman Period» to take place in Rabat, on 12-14 November 2009.

The congress aims to promote research on the history of the Maghreb and the Western Mediterranean region during the period of the Ottoman State by exploring the existing and new directions of research and offering scholars and specialists an opportunity to present their findings and share information. The period will be covered comprehensively, to generate a forum of study and academic discussion on its various aspects. The Ottoman presence in part of the region under study had varying degrees and spheres of impacts on all of the region. Thus the theme will cover the relations between the Ottoman State and the Maghreb and Western Mediterranean region with regard to the effects of developments relating to the central state, the provinces, and the neighbouring countries, reciprocally; economic, social, cultural and educational developments, press and publications. An important aspect of the congress is that it will also address issues relating to historiography and the state of research on the history of the region during the Ottoman period.

The languages of the congress will be Arabic, Turkish, English and French. Simultaneous translation will be provided.

The proposed themes, by no means exclusive, are as follows:

  1. The state of scholarship and methodological questions relating to the congress theme.
  2. Crossed glances: Ottoman, Maghrebian and European sources (historiography, chronicles, travel accounts, the press, etc.)
  3. Dimensions of the Ottoman presence in the Western Mediterranean:
    • Socio-economic aspects (trade and navigation; urban and rural life, etc.)
    • Administrative and institutional aspects
    • Cultural aspects (education, transmission of knowledge, architecture, etc.)
    • Political and relational aspects (a tringular relationship: Morocco - the Ottoman Maghreb ? Europe).