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The Fashioning of a Sunni Orthodoxy and the Entangled Histories of Confession-Building in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire, 15th-17th Centuries

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Project "OTTOCONFESSION" data sheet

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Organization address
address: NADOR UTCA 9
postcode: 1051

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 Coordinator Country Hungary [HU]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙987˙187 €
 EC max contribution 1˙987˙187 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2020-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM HU (BUDAPEST) coordinator 1˙445˙237.00
2    BOGAZICI UNIVERSITESI TR (ISTANBUL) participant 541˙950.00


 Project objective

'How and why did the Ottoman Empire evolve from a fourteenth-century polity where 'confessional ambiguity' between Sunnism and Shiism prevailed into an Islamic state concerned with defining and enforcing a 'Sunni orthodoxy' by the early sixteenth century? Recent historiography attributes this new concern with 'orthodoxy' in the Ottoman Empire to the rise of the rival Shii Safavid Empire at the turn of the sixteenth century. However, the OTTOCONFESSION project is based on the premise that the evolution of Ottoman discourse on Sunni orthodoxy can be understood only in a longer perspective that spans the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries, and that it was shaped by religio-political dynamics not only in the Safavid Empire but also within the Christian communities in the Ottoman Empire and in Europe as well. The project sets out to demonstrate that although the polarization between Sunni and Shii Islam on the one hand, and Catholic and Protestant Christianity on the other, resulted from the dynamics specific to the Turco-Iranian world and Europe, respectively, the subsequent processes of confession- (and in come cases state-) building were related and constitute an entangled history of confessionalization that spanned Europe and the Middle East. This entanglement resulted in particular from: the Ottomans' concomitant competition with the Safavids, Habsburgs, and Venetians, and the shared political theologies this entailed; the spread of various Muslim and Christian communities across imperial borders; and the Ottomans' permissiveness towards Catholic, Lutheran and Calvinist missionary activities among the Empire's (mostly Orthodox) Christians. The project will investigate the evolution of the confessional discourses in the Ottoman Empire in both community-specific and entangled, cross-communal perspectives between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries by focusing on a) agents and strategies; b) textual genres; and c) sites of confessionalization.'


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Margarita Voulgaropoulou
Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Twilight of the Republic of Venice: The Church of the Dormition of the Virgin in Višnjeva, Montenegro
published pages: 25-70, ISSN: 1086-3265, DOI:
Journal of Modern Greek Studies 36/1 (2018) 2019-05-13
2018 Derin Terzioglu
Bid‘at, Custom and the Mutability of Shar‘i Judgments: the Debate on the Congregational Performance of Supererogatory Prayers in the Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Empire
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Realms of Transformation in the Ottoman World: Articles in Honor of Metin Kunt 2019-04-18
2017 Emese Muntán
“Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites: Religion, Politics, and Conflict Resolution. Edited by Elazar Barkan and Karen Barkey. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. 440 pp.”
published pages: 892-894, ISSN: , DOI:
Hungarian Historical Review 4(2016) 2019-04-18
2018 Tijana Krstic
“State and Religion, ‘Sunnitization’ and ‘Confessionalism’ in Süleyman’s time”
published pages: 28-54, ISSN: , DOI:
P. Fodor, (ed.), Szigetvar 1566 2019-04-18
2018 Tijana Krstic
“A Catechising Grand Vizier—Lütfi Pasha (d. 1563) and the Politics of Sunni Confession Building in the Sixteenth-Century Ottoman Empire,”
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Agents of Faith in Ottoman Balkans, edited by R. Gradeva 2019-04-18
2017 Emese Muntán
Felekezeti határok áthágása — Törvénytelen és vegyes házasságok a 17. századi Temesközben és a Szörénységben (Confessional transgressions – Illegitimate and inter-confessional marriages in Seventeenth Century Banat)
published pages: 89-107, ISSN: , DOI:
Vallások együttélése a török hódoltság korában (Religious coexistence in Ottoman Hungary) 2019-04-18
2018 Derin Terzioglu
Power, Patronage and Confessionalism: Ottoman Politics as Seen through the Eyes of a Crimean Sufi, 1580-1593
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Halcyon Days in Crete IX, Political Thought and Practice in the Ottoman Empire 2019-04-18

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