Yannis Spyropoulos

Abdulmennan M. Altıntaş

Postdoctoral researcher

I am a maritime historian researching the early modern period of the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. I completed my Ph.D thesis at the Istanbul University entitled: “From the Red Sea to the Mediterranean: Trade, Diplomacy and Routes 1600-1700”. I am particularly interested in local and international maritime activities in the Red Sea, trade relations between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean by the route of the Red Sea, and historical geography. Recently I have published articles on the commercial pursuit of East India Company in the ports of Yemen and Ottoman shipbuilding activities in the Suez shipyard. Before joining IMS, I was at the University of Exeter, Centre for Mediterranean Studies, as a visiting researcher. In the JaNet project, I am focusing on the Janissaries of Egypt, which are one of the seven military corps in Ottoman Egypt. My research aims to study the position of Janissaries in the economic and sociopolitical life of Egypt, their relations with the bureaucratic establishments and political households of Cairo, and their influences on commercial activities along the Mediterranean, the River Nile, and the Red Sea. In order to achieve this goal, I will make use of the records of the Ottoman archives as well as chronicles and travel accounts of the period.


This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 849911)