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Moriscos in Ottoman Galata, 1609–1620s

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This chapter focuses on the Morisco community that established itself in Ottoman Galata after the Expulsion in 1609. The author tries to offer some preliminary answers to the questions through a discussion of several incidents recorded in Ottoman and Western sources that provide glimpses into the existing dynamic between the Moriscos and the Ottoman government, as well as between the Moriscos and other communities in the Ottoman capital. It is a reflection of preliminary research towards a project which aims to investigate convergences and divergences in the imperial imagination and religious politics of the Spanish and Ottoman empires by focusing on the Moriscos as a crucial yet neglected lynchpin of Mediterranean religio-political trends in the second half of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The sources suggest that the Moriscos who migrated to Constantinople took advantage in various ways of increasing confessional polarisation both in the Ottoman Empire and internationally.

Keywords: Constantinople; Mediterranean religio-political trends; Morisco community; Ottoman Galata; Spanish empire



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