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West Asian and North African History


Ottoman Empire

This is a guide to historical research--focused on primary source material--available to Boston College from/about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Page under Construction

This page is currently under construction and far from complete. If you notice broken links or have suggestions, please write the subject librarian an e-mail. 

What's on This Page

This page has a lot on it. You can use the following anchors (links down the page) to jump straight to a relevant box.

    1654 map of the Ottoman Empire
    Nicolas Sanson, Estats de l’empire dv Grand Seignevr des Tvrqs ou Svltan des Ottomans en Asie, en Afriqve, et en Evrope, Map (Paris: Chez l’Autheur, 1654), Library of Congress,

    Broad Digital Collections

    These are collections with extensive content. Covering dozens of topics related to history in different spaces around the world, we recommend trying each of these to see if they are relevant to your research.

    Digital Collections on the Ottomans


    Data and Statistics

    Gov. Docs. and the Law

    Images and Photographs



    To access additional manuscripts, see BC Libraries' MENA Manuscripts and Old Books Page page. Or, flip over to BC's History of Medicine or History of Science pages.


    For more maps, visit BC Libraries' Historical Maps page.

    Newspapers and Periodicals

    Scholarship (Historic and Contemporary)

    Scholarship: Podcasts

    Europe Looking at Ottoman Empire

    U.S. on Ottoman Empire (and Turkey)

    For additional help

    For additional recommendations, contact your subject liaison (Dr. Bee Lehman) at or schedule an appointment with them.