Musa K. Azimli selected as 2023 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellow

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Congratulations to PhD candidate Musa K. Azimli on being selected as a 2023 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellow! Azimli is a part of the inaugural cohort! His project is entitled, "The Imperial Slave Market in Istanbul." 

Project Abstract:

The Imperial Slave Market in Istanbul operated for over two centuries and was conceivably the largest slave market in the Middle East until the prohibition of the slave trade by the order of Sultan Abdülmecid in 1847. The history of Ottoman slavery was gradually erased from the cityscape, and before long, the location of the official slave market was lost in time. Benefitting from interdisciplinary methodologies of spatial analysis and digital history, this project explores the lost space, internal layout, and legacies of the slave market from the many-layered sources of Istanbul’s past and present. While building a digital database, this project examines the economic and social impact of this space on the Ottoman Imperial Capital and beyond.

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