Vladimir Hamed-Troyanksy, 2013–2014 Bikai Fellow
Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky is a Ph.D. candidate in Ottoman and Modern Middle Eastern History at Stanford University. He held the Pierre and Patricia Bikai Fellowship at ACOR in August and September 2014. His work in Jordan was the first part of a 13-month research expedition that includes archival research in Turkey, Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, and the United Kingdom.
Vladimir is studying the migration of Circassian and Chechen refugees from the Caucasus to the Ottoman Empire between 1860 and 1914. While in Amman, he was able to examine hundreds of Arabic-language shari’a (court) records from the Salt and Amman areas. Ottoman court records provide insight into the social and economic life of refugees in Ottoman Transjordan. Vladimir is particularly interested in new immigrants’ interaction with the existing legal institutions and the adaptability of Ottoman law. Vladimir also analyzed land records, private letters of refugees, and engaged in oral fieldwork interviewing members of the North Caucasus diaspora in Amman, Sweileh, Zarqa, Naur, and Wadi al-Sir.
updated December 2015