Ottoman Siege Warfare in the Seventeenth Century
8/1/2017
ŞEHİR Faculty Member Assoc. Prof. Kahraman Şakul's project entitled "Ottoman Siege Warfare in the Seventeenth Century" has been awarded with TÜBİTAK grant
​Assoc. Prof. Kahraman Şakul, Faculty Member of İstanbul Şehir University History Department, has been awarded a TÜBİTAK 1001 - Scientific and Technological Research Projects Funding Program grant for his project entitled "Ottoman Siege Warfare in the Seventeenth Century".

This project envisions the visual and verbal reconstruction of the major Ottoman sieges of the seventeenth century on a separate basis. Because siege warfare decided the outcome of many military conflicts in the military history of the period of 1400-1800. This also holds true for the Ottoman case in which most conquests were made by sieges. But, our knowledge on Ottoman siege warfare is limited due to the scarcity of studies on the topic.​
The proposed project puts the emphasis on the seventeenth century rather than concentrating on the entire period of Otttoman expansion mainly because the Period of Köprülüs (1656-1683) coincided with the time of significant change in European siege warfare. The new siege warfare underlined geotmetry and engineering in troop deployment and the execution of operations. This new approach was known as methodic siege. The fact that all the Ottoman sieges involved in the project, save the siege of Vienna, ended with Ottoman success suggests that the Ottomans were competent in the newly emerging methodic siege. 

Thus, this project proposes to apply comparative methodology and interdisciplinary methodology in order to show the ways in which the Ottomans interacted with the new siege warfare and to determine the place of the Ottomans in the world of siege.