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Ottoman Izmir. The Rise of a Cosmopolitan Port (1840-1880), written by Sibel Zandi-Sayek, 2012


In: Die Welt des Islams
Author: Nora Lafi1
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In her introduction to this beautifully illustrated book, Zandi-Sayek presents the context of her work: the population of Ottoman Izmir (Smyrna) grew massively during the years under study. The city’s urban fabric and form were also hugely transformed, with new neighbourhoods and infrastructures built. In the age of steam navigation, the harbour was modernized, and the city itself underwent profound changes. The balance between confessional communities was the object of renewed tensions and negotiations. New populations arrived, and new commercial networks developed.


Zandi-Sayek enounces the core idea of her research project as such: “I explore how people from a wide

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