Mapping the Ottoman Cities: Socio-Spatial Conjunctions and Distinctiveness (1520-1540)
2/9/2018
TÜBİTAK grant for the project of Assist. Prof. Yunus Uğur from ŞEHİR History Department and Center for Urban Studies
​Assist. Prof. Yunus Uğur from History Department and Center for Urban Studies, has been awarded a TÜBİTAK 1001 - Scientific and Technological Research Projects Funding Program grant for his project entitled "Mapping the Ottoman Cities: Socio-Spatial Conjunctions and Distinctiveness (1520-1540)".

Ottoman cities in the early sixteenth century will be evaluated in terms of urban history and their socio-spatial features during the project. The aim of this study is to explore the similarities and peculiarities of the Ottoman cities located in different geographies of the Empire by focusing on the data collected from the archives between 1520 and 1540. Thereby, it is targeted to define the cities having several characteristics in common, to group them, and to go beyond the existing physical neighborhoods by evaluating them as socio-spatial neighbor cities.  

To determine the factors making the cities similar and peculiar and to generate ideas about their socio-historical and geopolitics reasons gives us strong clues in understanding the different urban practices of the Empire and different development forms of the cities. Besides, connecting the links between existing historical networks and socio-spatial neighbors among the Ottoman cities will open new doors for new research agendas in the sense of Ottoman cities or urbanization. Also, the project will make the evaluation of Ottoman cities easier in the context of world urban history through its comprehensive and systematic database.​