The legal foundations of the commercial relations between the Ottomans and Neapolitans [Osmanli - Sicilyateyn ticari İlişkilerinin yasal temelleri]
Having gained the ahdname, ahdname-i hümâyûn or capitulation, a European nation was permitted to establish an embassy in Istanbul and consulates in the ports of the Ottoman Empire. In 1740, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies gained an ahdname as a result of the attempts made by her king. The aims of this study are: to evaluate the capitulation of 1740 granted to Sicilyateyn, to identify the early ambassadors of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and their dragomen in the Ottoman capital and to explain the concept called hadd-i itidal concerning the dragomen from the Ottoman point of view in the 18th century. The evidence used is derived principally from the records of the Nicosia qadi's court and of the Ottoman Prime Ministry archives in Istanbul.