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Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Studies


About the Series

Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Studies is devoted to the history, culture and archaeology of the Byzantine and Ottoman worlds of the East Mediterranean region from the fifth to the twentieth century. It provides a forum for the publication of research completed by scholars from the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK, and those with similar research interests from around the world.

For further information about the series please contact Michael Greenwood at [email protected]

 

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After the Text Byzantine Enquiries in Honour of Margaret Mullett

After the Text: Byzantine Enquiries in Honour of Margaret Mullett

1st Edition

Edited By Liz James, Oliver Nicholson, Roger Scott
November 01, 2021

After the Text honours the work of renowned historian Margaret Mullett, who since the 1970s has transformed the study of Byzantine literature. Her work has been influential in demonstrating the strength and variety of Byzantine texts. Byzantium is renowned for its achievements in architecture and...

The Byzantine Neighbourhood Urban Space and Political Action

The Byzantine Neighbourhood: Urban Space and Political Action

1st Edition

Edited By Fotini Kondyli, Benjamin Anderson
October 29, 2021

The Byzantine Neighbourhood contributes to a new narrative regarding Byzantine cities through the adoption of a neighbourhood perspective. It offers a multi-disciplinary investigation of the spatial and social practices that produced Byzantine concepts of neighbourhood and afforded dynamic ...

Italy and the East Roman World in the Medieval Mediterranean Empire, Cities and Elites, 476-1204

Italy and the East Roman World in the Medieval Mediterranean: Empire, Cities and Elites, 476-1204

1st Edition

Edited By Thomas J. MacMaster, Nicholas S.M. Matheou
August 25, 2021

Italy and the East Roman World in the Medieval Mediterranean addresses the understudied topic of the Italian peninsula’s relationship to the continuation of the Roman Empire in the East, across the early and central Middle Ages. The East Roman world, commonly known by the ahistorical term "...

Writing About Byzantium The History of Niketas Choniates

Writing About Byzantium: The History of Niketas Choniates

1st Edition

By Theresa Urbainczyk
August 14, 2020

Niketas Choniates was in Constantinople when it was burnt and looted by the soldiers of the Fourth Crusade and he wrote a history which has always been the mainstay for anyone wishing to learn about the Comnene dynasty and the Byzantine Empire of the twelfth century. Yet it is a very difficult and ...

An Ottoman Era Town in the Balkans The Case Study of Kavala

An Ottoman Era Town in the Balkans: The Case Study of Kavala

1st Edition

By Velika Ivkovska
August 10, 2020

An Ottoman Era Town in the Balkans: The Case Study of Kavala presents the town of Kavala in Northern Greece as an example of Ottoman urban and residential development, covering the long period of Kavala’s expansion over five centuries under Ottoman rule. Kavala was part of the Ottoman Empire from ...

Well-Preserved Boundaries Faith and Co-Existence in the Late Ottoman Empire

Well-Preserved Boundaries: Faith and Co-Existence in the Late Ottoman Empire

1st Edition

By Gülen Göktürk
July 16, 2020

Cappadocia was a place of co-habitation of Christians and Muslims, until the Greco-Turkish Population Exchange (1923) terminated the Christian presence in the region. Using an interdisciplinary approach drawing on history, political science and anthropology, this study investigates the relationship...

Pseudo-Kodinos and the Constantinopolitan Court: Offices and Ceremonies

Pseudo-Kodinos and the Constantinopolitan Court: Offices and Ceremonies

1st Edition

By Ruth Macrides, J.A. Munitiz, Dimiter Angelov
June 30, 2020

The work known as Pseudo-Kodinos, the fourteenth-century text which is one of two surviving ceremonial books from the Byzantine empire, is presented here for the first time in English translation. With facing page Greek text and the first in-depth analysis in the form of commentary and individual ...

Rebuilding Anatolia after the Mongol Conquest Islamic Architecture in the Lands of Rum, 1240–1330

Rebuilding Anatolia after the Mongol Conquest: Islamic Architecture in the Lands of Rum, 1240–1330

1st Edition

By Patricia Blessing
June 30, 2020

This book is a study of Islamic architecture in Anatolia following the Mongol conquest in 1243. Complex shifts in rule, movements of population, and cultural transformations took place that affected architecture on multiple levels. Beginning with the Mongol conquest of Anatolia, and ending with the...

Sylvester Syropoulos on Politics and Culture in the Fifteenth-Century Mediterranean Themes and Problems in the Memoirs, Section IV

Sylvester Syropoulos on Politics and Culture in the Fifteenth-Century Mediterranean: Themes and Problems in the Memoirs, Section IV

1st Edition

Edited By Fotini Kondyli, Vera Andriopoulou, Eirini Panou, Mary B. Cunningham
June 30, 2020

The Memoirs of Sylvester Syropoulos is a text written by a Î’yzantine ecclesiastical official in the 15th century. Syropoulos participated in the Council for the union of the Greek and Latin Churches held in Ferrara and Florence, Italy, in 1438-1439. As a high-ranking official and an eye-witness of...

The Cult of St Anna in Byzantium

The Cult of St Anna in Byzantium

1st Edition

By Eirini Panou
June 30, 2020

The Cult of St Anna in Byzantium is the first undertaking in Byzantine research to study the phenomenon of St Anna’s cult from the sixth to the fifteenth centuries. It was prompted by the need to enrich our knowledge of a female saint who had already been studied in the West but remained virtually ...

The Emperor Theophilos and the East, 829–842 Court and Frontier in Byzantium during the Last Phase of Iconoclasm

The Emperor Theophilos and the East, 829–842: Court and Frontier in Byzantium during the Last Phase of Iconoclasm

1st Edition

By Juan Signes Codoñer
June 30, 2020

Modern historiography has become accustomed to portraying the emperor Theophilos of Byzantium (829-842) in a favourable light, taking at face value the legendary account that makes of him a righteous and learned ruler, and excusing as ill fortune his apparent military failures against the Muslims. ...

Iconophilia Politics, Religion, Preaching, and the Use of Images in Rome, c.680 - 880

Iconophilia: Politics, Religion, Preaching, and the Use of Images in Rome, c.680 - 880

1st Edition

By Francesca Dell'Acqua
May 28, 2020

Between the late seventh and the mid-ninth centuries, a debate about sacred images – conventionally addressed as ‘Byzantine iconoclasm’ – engaged monks, emperors, and popes in the Mediterranean area and on the European continent. The importance of this debate cannot be overstated; it challenged the...

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