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Merchants and State in the Port of Galata: The Evolution of the Ottoman Economic Mind


Marshall 490
845 N Park Ave
85721 Tucson , AZ


Fri, 04/07/2017 - 3:00pm


Part of the 2017 MENAS Colloquium Series 

Western Ottoman Workshop Speaker

Fariba Zarinebaf, Associate Professor, Department of History, UC Riverside


Historians have argued for a long time that the Ottoman government was an absolutist state without an ' economic mind' that only cared about revenue collection and provisionism and did not promote trade and merchant activities. They have blamed the government for granting treaties to foreign merchants that opened up Ottoman markets and harmed local producers and traders. This paper will offer a critique of this paradigm by focusing on merchant interactions in the port of Galata and tackling Ottoman economic policies in the eighteenth century. 


Fariba Zarinebaf obtained her PhD from the University of Chicago in Middle Eastern/ Islamic History. She is currently an Associate Professor at UC- Riverside. Her publications include, Crime and Punishment in Istanbul, 17500-1800 ( UC Press, 2010) and A Historical and Economic Geography of Ottoman Greece ( co- authored).