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The aim of the project is to map the Jewish presence in the Byzantine empire using GIS (Geographical Information Systems). Information (published and unpublished) about the Jewish communities is gathered and collated and data incorporated in a GIS available online. Users are able to create maps according to their own specifications.

Chronologically, the project begins in 650. This is soon after the Arab conquest of Egypt, Palestine and Syria when these regions, with their substantial Jewish populations, were permanently separated from the Byzantine empire. The end-date is fixed by the arrival in the region of large numbers of Jewish immigrants from Spain in 1492.

Geographically, the core areas of Asia Minor, the southern Balkans and the adjacent islands including Crete and Cyprus are included for the entirety of the period. Byzantine Italy however, is only covered down to the Norman conquest. Some smaller territories that were only briefly under Byzantine rule are excluded.


About Mapping the Jewish Communities of the Byzantine Empire

Project website

Project team
Nicholas de Lange, Director
Alexander Panayotov, Research Associate
Gethin Rees, Research Associate
Aleida Paudice, Researcher
Anastasia Loudarou, Field worker (Greece)
Inci Turkoglu, Field worker (Turkey)

HUMlab, Umeå University

European Research Council

DH themes
Geographical Information Systems