Study of Trade between the Ottoman Empire and Southeast Asia

Location: various

Years: 2009

Director: Andrew Peacock, Annabel Teh Gallop

Participants: İsmail Hakkı Kadı

Funding: British Academy



In 2009, a project exploring the relations between Ottoman and early Republican Turkey and the southeast Asian Muslim states was initiated.  It fell under the umbrella of the BIAA’s ‘Frontiers of the Ottoman World’ strategic initiative and was conducted in collaboration with the Association for Southeast Asian Studies UK.  Though it has long been known that there were numerous ties between these two regions (religious and mercantile), little formal study has been undertaken on the topic.  It is known that southeast Asian states often turned to the Ottomans to seek help from European powers, and that the Ottoman Empire relied on the southeast for spices, and later opium and ceramics.  The project’s first phase was to turn to the Ottoman archives in Istanbul to understand what documents existed.  A large number of documents detailing the requests from Muslims in Thailand and the Phillipines to Ottoman rulers came to light.    


Anatolian Archaeology 16: 9-10


Peacock, A. 2012: ‘The Ottomans and the Funj sultanate in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries’, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 75: 87-111

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Byzantine & Ottoman History
History, Politics and Social Sciences
Late Ottoman & Early Republican History

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