Journal of Ottoman Calligraphy

Lectures & Editorials on Calligraphy

The Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies, Cambridge, UK

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The Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies supports research into the history, literature and culture of the Ottoman Empire. It seeks to encourage knowledge and understanding of a major Muslim empire with large European and Mediterranean territories, and to assist scholars from many disciplines in exploring connections between their own work and Ottoman studies. It is the only research centre devoted purely to Ottoman Studies in the UK and Western Europe and has an international profile. The Skilliter Centre, which has no political affiliations or agenda, is administered by Newnham College, Cambridge, and receives support from a generous legacy from Dr Susan Skilliter, formerly University Lecturer in Turkish.


Kate & Ebru in Centre

The Skilliter Centre collection focuses on Ottoman history. It has a large collection of travel accounts and Ottoman material from 19th and early 20th centuries and collections of published archival material. There are also special collections, the Judith Humphry collection, on Crete, and the Niyazi Berkes collection on late Ottoman and Turkish Republican history, on loan from the Faculty of Oriental Studies. The Skilliter Centre also has a rare books collection which includes volumes from the early sixteenth century.

The library, which is not a lending library, may be viewed by appointment only.


* Kate Fleet (ed.), The Ottoman Empire in the Eighteenth Century (Oriente Moderno XVIII/1, 1999)
* Kate Fleet (ed.), The Ottomans and the Sea (Oriente Moderno XVIII/1, 2001).

Cover of Eurasian Studies Journal

The aim of Eurasian Studies, which is published jointly by the Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies, Newnham College, Cambridge University, and the Istituto per l’Oriente C.A. Nallino, Rome, is to encourage international academic co-operation and, by covering a wide geographical area stretching from the Balkans to Central Asia and including the eastern Mediterranean, Anatolia, the Middle East and Iran, to break down traditional compartmentalisation of history and foster a more interdisciplinary and interregional approach to historical studies of the area as a whole. By encouraging as much international co-operation as possible, this being the reason behind the Journal’s large editorial advisory board, the editors hope that the journal will play a part in the integration of different methodological approaches to academic research and the promotion of a questioning of the often restrictive conventional systems or schools of thought, thereby opening up the field to more diverse interpretations of history. Eurasian Studies is intellectually independent, being neither Euro-centric, Orientalist, Post-Modern, nor in any other way ideologically or fashionably centric.

Tel: +44 1223 335804
Fax: +44 1223 357898

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Written by calligrapher

October 25, 2006 at 6:35 pm

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