Caught in a Whirlwind: A Cultural History of Ottoman Baghdad as Reflected in its Illustrated Manuscripts focuses on a period of great artistic vitality in the region of Baghdad, a frontier area that was caught between the rival Ottoman and the Safavid empires. In the period following the peace treaty of 1590, a corpus of more than thirty illustrated manuscripts and several single page paintings were produced. In this book Melis Taner presents a contextual study of the vibrant late sixteenth-century and early seventeenth-century Baghdad art market, opening up further avenues of research on art production in provinces and border regions.
Melis Taner, Ph.D. (2016), Harvard University, is Assistant Professor at Özyeğin University in Istanbul.
Table of contents
Acknowledgements List of Illustrations Abbreviations Notes on Transliteration
Two Governors, Two Paths to Power 1 Hasan Paşa’s Universal History
2 The Travels and Deeds of Yusuf Paşa
From the Capital to the Province
The Garden of the Blessed 1 Fuzuli’s
Ḥadīḳatü’s-Süʿedā 2 The Brooklyn Museum of Art’s
Between the Ottomans and the Safavids: The Ankara Genealogy 1 The Composition of Genealogies at the Ottoman Court
2 The Texts and Their Translations
3 The Ankara Genealogy
4 The Ankara Manuscript and Its Paintings
Appendix 1 Illustrated Manuscripts Attributed to Baghdad Appendix 2 Single-page Paintings and Dispersed Leaves Attributed to Baghdad Appendix 3 Timeline of Major Events Discussed in the Book Bibliography Index
All interested in the history, art, and culture of the Ottoman and Safavid empires in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and all interested in frontier regions.