Religious Diversity and Confessionalization in Ottoman Europe


Thursday, 4thJuly 2019, University of Munich

18:00   Greetings and Introduction 

18:30  Mihai Grigore (Mainz)

Is Orthodoxy Confessional? And if It Is, What Does that Mean?


Friday, 5thJuly,

9:00     Panel I: Religious Diversity as Social Reality – The Evidence of Case Studies

Ergün Özsoy (Augsburg)

First Contact: Travel of Two Protestant Preachers to Istanbul and their Relations with Orthodox Clerics 1573-1581.


Andreas Helmedach (Bochum)

The Religion of the Soldiers: Religious Confession and Religious Practice of the Venetian Army in the Eastern Mediterranean (17th and Early 18th Century).


Zeynep Arslan (Bochum)

Seeking the Traces of Muslim Merchants in Trieste.


Tobias Graf (Oxford)

‘Schismatics and Other Heretics’: Confessional Plurality and the Presence of Levantine Christians in Eighteenth-Century Germany.


14:30   Panel II: Confessional Identities between Integration and Segregation


Richard Wittmann (Istanbul)

Forfeiting Religious Autonomy at Will: The Preference of the Sharia court by Christians and Jews in 17th Century Istanbul.


Vjeran Kursar (Zagreb)

Confessional Competition and Rivalries in Ottoman Bosnia: A Case of Confessionalization?


Christoph Neumann (Munich)

The Confessionalisation of Dervish Orders in Nineteenth Century Istanbul.


Merih Erol (Istanbul) 

Becoming Protestant: Greek Orthodox Responses to Conversion in 19th-Century Ottoman Anatolia.



18:00   Organizational Meeting of the Study Group “Ottoman Europe”

Saturday, 6thJuly, 

9:00     Panel III: Muslim and Christian Discourses on Religious Diversity and Confessionalization


Suraiya Faroqhi (Munich)

Evliya Celebi’s discourse on non-Muslims and non-Sunni Muslims.


Stefan Rohdewald (Giessen)

Between the Religions: Christian Denominational History Seen from a Muslim Perspective in Müteferrika’s Risale-i İslamiyye.


Ioannis Zelepos (Munich)

Tolerata, non recepta. Religious Diversity as Political Concept in Southeast Europe. On the Regional Context of Evgenios Voulgaris´ “Essay on Tolerance” (1767).


Dimitris Stamatopoulos (Thessaloniki)

Confessionalization from Above, Confessionalization from Below: The Question of the Law in the Rum Millet (18th– 19th c.).


12:30   Closing Discussion