The Ottoman World: A Cultural History Reader, 1450–1700

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Hakan T. Karateke, Helga Anetshofer
Univ of California Press, Nov 2, 2021 - History - 379 pages
The Ottoman lands, which extended from modern Hungary to the Arabian peninsula, were home to a vast population with a rich variety of cultures. The Ottoman World is the first primary source reader to bring a wide and diverse set of voices across Ottoman society into the classroom. Written in many languages—not only Ottoman Turkish but also Arabic, Armenian, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, and Persian—these texts, here translated, span the extent of the early modern Ottoman empire, from the 1450s to 1700.
 
Instructors are supplied with narratives conveying the lived experiences of individuals through texts that highlight human variety and accelerate a trend away from a state-centric approach to Ottoman history. In addition, samples from court registers, legends, biographical accounts, hagiographies, short stories, witty anecdotes, jokes, and lampoons provide exciting glimpses into popular mindsets in Ottoman society. By reflecting new directions in the scholarship with an innovative choice of texts, this collection provides a vital resource for teachers and students.

 
 

Contents

From Basra to Gujarat 1554
8
The Excommunication of a Greek Orthodox Priest ca 1642
23
Diary of a Sufi Sheikh in PlagueRidden Istanbul 1661
36
Ramblings of an Eccentric Sufi Exiled on Limnos ca Early 1680s
44
The Trial of a Heretic 1527
60
On Servants and Slaves
78
Women at Courts of Law
95
On Nocturnal Activities
111
Traditional Medicine for Everyday Ailments
220
On Smoking Tobacco
236
Reading Character by Appearance
254
Cultivating the Land
269
On the Natural Advantages of Edirne
284
On the Construction of the Pyramids ca 1545
297
Passion and Murder on the Bosphorus
324
Stories of Guilt and Repentance
332

The Madmen of Istanbul
126
Conversion Among Ottoman Jews
144
News from Istanbul at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century
162
An Armenian Chronicle of Crimea
181
Miracles of an Anatolian Sufi Saint
195
Preserving Public Health
210
The Wiles of Women
338
Social Criticism and Invective in Poetry
348
Shrewd Witticisms by a Master Poet
356
Subversive Jokes Featuring a Folk Hero
366
Index
375
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