Religion, Society, and World Relations Faculty of Philosophy

Alms Collectors between Charity, Commerce and Denominationalisation

Vasilios N. Makrides: The immigration of Eastern Orthodox alms collectors from the Ottoman Empire into the Old Empire is the focus of the project. It pursues interwoven questions of migration, knowledge and denominational history. In order to clarify these questions, archives from different territories of the empire will be compared and insights into the history of other types of migrants (traders and students), but also of other charitable groups active in the same field, will be drawn upon.

Duration
06/2019 - 05/2020

Funding
Gerda Henkel Stiftung :
30 000 Euro

Project management

Prof. Dr. Vasilios N. Makrides
Holder of the Professorship for Orthodox Christianity (Orthodoxes Christentum) (Faculty of Philosophy)

The immigration of Eastern Orthodox alms collectors from the Ottoman Empire into the Old Empire is the focus of the project. It pursues interwoven questions of migration, knowledge and denominational history. In order to clarify these questions, archives from different territories of the empire will be compared and insights into the history of other types of migrants (traders and students), but also of other charitable groups active in the same field, will be drawn upon. Focusing on the alms collectors' characteristic as cultural/denominational border crossers, the project will deal with the normative orders of the denominational cultures and scholarly milieus with which they came into contact. It is precisely because scholars and alms collectors entered into heteronomous relationships on the border between charity, commerce, denominational politics and scholarly culture that the phenomenon under investigation promises to reveal the social premises of processes of transfer in the history of ideas. It is intended to provide contributions to a still-to-be-written history of the mobile presence of the Greek Orthodox in the Old Empire.

Research on Religion East-West Relationships Early Modern Times and Modernity

Cooperation partner

Research focus

Religion, Society, and World Relations