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Title:
Writing History at the Ottoman Court Editing the Past, Fashioning the Future
Author:
Fetvaci, Emine.
ISBN:
9780253008749
Publication Information:
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2013] (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
Physical Description:
1 online resource (xv, 181 pages :) illustrations ;
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Book collections on Project MUSE.
Contents:
Preface -- Note on transliteration -- Acknowledgments -- 1. The historical epic Aḥval-i Sulṭan Meḥemmed (the tales of Sultan Mehmed) in the context of early Ottoman historiography / Dimitris Kastritsis -- 2. The Memory of the Mongols in Early Ottoman Historiography / Baki Tezcan -- 3. Imperialism, Bureaucratic Consciousness, and the Historian's Craft: A Reading of Celalzade Muṣṭafa's Ṭabaḳatü'l-Memalik ve Derecatü'l-Mesalik / Kaya Sahin -- 4. Conversion and Converts to Islam in Ottoman Historiography of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries / Tijana Krstic -- 5. Seeing the Past: Maps and Ottoman Historical Consciousness / Giancarlo Casale -- 6. From Adam to Süleyman: Visual Representations of Authority in ʻArif's Shahnama-yi Al-i ʻOs̲man / Fatma Sinem Eryilmaz -- 7. The Challenge of Periodization: New Patterns in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Historiography / Hakan T. Karateke -- Bibliography -- Contributors -- Index.
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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.