Writing History at the Ottoman Court

Writing History at the Ottoman Court

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Ottoman historical writing of the 15th and 16th centuries played a significant role in fashioning Ottoman identity and institutionalizing the dynastic state structure during this period of rapid imperial expansion. This volume shows how the writing of history achieved these effects by examining the implicit messages conveyed by the texts and illustrations of key manuscripts. It answers such questions as how the Ottomans understood themselves within their court and in relation to non-Ottoman others; how they visualized the ideal ruler; how they defined their culture and place in the world; and what the significance of Islam was in their self-definition.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.68 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 9 b&w illustrations
  • 0253008573
  • 9780253008572
  • 2,039,111

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"[These essays] make a significant contribution to a relatively new strand of Ottoman research that takes as its subject Ottoman reading communities, literacy practices, and the roles that particular texts played in Ottoman society." SHARPNews"show more

About H. Erdem Cipa

H. Erdem Cipa is Assistant Professor of Ottoman History in the Departments of History and Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Emine Fetvac is Assistant Professor of Islamic Art at Boston University and author of Picturing History at the Ottoman Court (IUP, 2012)."show more

Table of contents

Introduction by H. Erdem Cipa and Emine Fetvaci 1. Dimitris Kastritsis, "The 'Tales of Sultan Mehmed' (Ahval-i Sultan Mehmed) in the Context of Ottoman Historiography"; 2. Tijana Krstic,"Conversion to Islam, Ottoman Historiography, and the Changing Notions of Ottomanness in the 15th and 16th Centuries"; 3. Ebru Turan, "Histories in Verse: Ottoman Imperialism and its Supporters in Early Sixteenth-Century Istanbul"; 4. Baki Tezcan, "Falling through the Cracks of Patronage: The Lost Prose Sehname of Taskopruzade Kemaleddin"; 5. Sinem Eryilmaz, "Reading History through Illustrations: The Case of 'Arif's Sahname-yi Al-i 'Osman"; 6. Giancarlo Casale, "History and the Ottoman World View: Reading a mid 16thCentury Veneto-Ottoman Mappamundi as an Historical Text"; 7. Kaya Sahin, "How to Read Celalzade's Histories? Narrative, Ideology and Historiography in the Works of Celalzade Mustafa"; 8. Hakan Karateke, "What was History? Who was a Historian?: Ottoman Conceptions of Historiography" Bibliography; Contributors; Indexshow more

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