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.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 17 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
"[T]his volume's great strength is its many original contributions to the study of the long sixteenth century. Those looking for the freshest new work on the classical age, along with a wonderful essay on nineteenth-century Ottoman historiography, will find this book a rich read." -Journal of Arabic Literature
"Each article has the potential to spark lively academic discussion and offer alternative vistas in Ottoman historiography... Such ground-breaking edited volumes will set the intellectual agenda for future studies as long as they adopt a rigorous methodological approach, as this volume clearly does." -Journal of Ottoman Studies
"[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
"[T]he rich and nuanced exposition of the wide range of texts and images explored... that constitutes [the] valuable contributions to scholarship." -Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
"Brings together in a single volume a treatment of the diversity present in Ottoman historiography with coverage of prose, verse, panegyric, and court chronicles, as well as cartography and book illustration."" -Rhodes Murphey, University of Birmingham
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