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The Islamization & Turkification of the City of Trabzon (Trebizond), 1461-1583


This study uses the rich Ottoman records to assess how the Islamization and Turkification of the Christian Greek city of Trabzon occurred.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-157-2
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Aug 11,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 255
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-157-2
$146.00
$87.60

In this volume, Heath Lowry studies how the largely Christian and Greek-speaking Pontus region centred on the city of Trabzon became overwhelmingly Muslim and Turkish-speaking in a short period of time. The process of conversion has not been well studied due to a lack of sources, but the relatively late date of the conquest of Trabzon (1461) means that Ottoman records for the city (including correspondence, court records, tax registers and charters for religious endowments) are available. Using these, Lowry is able to trace how the city became a largely Muslim Turkish one. Lowry approaches the problem by studying the state of Trabzon at various points in time – 1461, 1486, 1523, 1553 and 1583 – and comparing how the city had changed during each interval. While concentrating on Trabzon, Lowry’s study undoubtedly also sheds light on the greater process which also occurred in Anatolia as a whole but for which much fewer records remain.

In this volume, Heath Lowry studies how the largely Christian and Greek-speaking Pontus region centred on the city of Trabzon became overwhelmingly Muslim and Turkish-speaking in a short period of time. The process of conversion has not been well studied due to a lack of sources, but the relatively late date of the conquest of Trabzon (1461) means that Ottoman records for the city (including correspondence, court records, tax registers and charters for religious endowments) are available. Using these, Lowry is able to trace how the city became a largely Muslim Turkish one. Lowry approaches the problem by studying the state of Trabzon at various points in time – 1461, 1486, 1523, 1553 and 1583 – and comparing how the city had changed during each interval. While concentrating on Trabzon, Lowry’s study undoubtedly also sheds light on the greater process which also occurred in Anatolia as a whole but for which much fewer records remain.

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Heath W. Lowry, Jr.

  • Contents (page 9)
  • List of Tables (page 11)
  • Maps,Graphs & Photographs (page 13)
  • Photographs (page 14)
  • Acknowledgments (page 15)
  • Author's Note (page 19)
  • Introduction (page 21)
  • I:The City Trabzon in the Wake of the Ottoman Conquest (page 25)
  • II:The City of Trabzon ca.1486 (page 47)
  • III:The City of Trabzon ca.1523 (page 79)
  • IV:The City of Trabzon,1553 (page 97)
  • V:The city of Trabzon,1583 (page 139)
  • VI:Religious Conversion as a Variable in the Population Profile of Trabzon,ca.1486-1583 (page 165)
  • VII:Are the Tahris a Reliable Source for Urban Demographic History?:The Profile of the City of Trabzon ca.1486-1583 (page 189)
  • Appendix I:Frequently Cited Works on Trabzon's Mahalles (page 227)
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY:UNPUBLISHED PRIMARY SOURCES USED IN THIS STUDY (page 231)
  • INDEX (page 249)