Join us for an evening of talks and optional dinner, 24th in our series. Our two guests speakers will be:
Jerry Brotton, ‘This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World’
In 1570, Elizabeth I was excommunicated by the Pope. Jerry Brotton discusses how this was the beginning of an English alignment with Muslim powers, leading to cultural, economic and political exchanges with the Islamic world. England signed treaties with the Ottoman Porte, received ambassadors from the kings of Morocco and shipped munitions to Marrakesh in the hope of establishing an accord that would keep the common enemy of Catholic Spain at bay. By the late 1580s hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Elizabethan merchants, diplomats, sailors, artisans and privateers were plying their trade from Morocco to Persia. Jerry shows that England’s relations with the Muslim world were far more extensive, and often more amicable, than we have ever appreciated, and that their influence was felt across the political, commercial and domestic landscape of Elizabethan England, even touching Shakespeare. It is a startlingly unfamiliar picture of a part of our national and international history.
Zeynep Cebeci Suvari, ‘Consular property records of the Italian community of Istanbul 1873-1910’
I have been working on my thesis in the department of history in Boğaziçi University under the guidance of Prof. Paolo Girardelli. My thesis title was the Italians of Istanbul between 1870-1910. When I was looking for an original and unexplored topic for my thesis, a friend directed me to a second-hand book seller. He mysteriously acquired thousands of documents that were thrown away from the Italian embassy in Istanbul. I managed to browse and scan some of these documents. But I only opened 7 bags out of the 40 he had in his possession. At that time I thought these documents would be purchased by an institution and become available to researchers. However these documents might be lost forever now. Luckily I photographed some 1200 petitions written by Italian citizens dwelling in Istanbul addressed to the Italian Consul. These pertain to property transactions, such as sales, mortgage or inheritance. On my thesis I built an alphabetical list of these petitions and I am still analysing them in detail.
Please note the venue has a strict dress policy, so it is tie and jacket for gentlemen please.
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