Online Conference
Merchant Tricks: Fraudulent Trade across the Ports of Cilicia, Cyprus, and Mamluks (1260-1310)
Assist. Prof. Ahmet Usta

The military achievements of the Islamic states against the Crusaders in the Eastern Mediterranean as of the second half of the 12th century forced the Papacy’s hand to issue decrees prohibiting the sale of various strategic commodities such as timber, iron and slaves to these states. Although the sanctions did occasionally have a deterring effect, the significant personal gains of the Christian merchants in the region meant that new ways were quickly invented to continue trade traffic. This presentation will discuss the tricks resorted to by Eastern Mediterranean merchants to continue trading with the Mamluks through Cyprus and the Kingdom of Cilician Armenia in the late 13th and early 14th centuries despite the sanctions of the Papacy and regional powers.



February 28, 2022 – 19:00


February 28, 2022 – 21:00