Eighteen expert researchers have come together to provide original articles and new perspectives on transformation throughout Ottoman history, in order to honor the life’s work of Metin Kunt.
Kunt’s work revolutionized our understanding of change in Ottoman political, social and cultural history in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. This new collection focuses on the contributions of key players in these fields and includes chapters on Ottoman artisans in a changing political context, Ottoman chief scribes and the rhetorics of political survival in the 17th century, and empiricism in the Ottoman Empire.
Contributors are Antonis Anastasopoulos, Iris Agmon, Tülay Artan, Karl K. Barbir, Fatih Bayram, Suraiya Faroqhi, Cornell H. Fleischer, Pál Fodor, Mehmet Kalpaklı, Cemil Koçak, B. Harun Küçük, Aslı Niyazioğlu, Mehmet Öz, Kaya Şahin, Derin Terzioğlu, Ekin Tuşalp-Atiyas, Christine Woodhead, N. Zeynep Yelçe, Elizabeth A. Zachariadou.
Seyfi Kenan, Ph.D. (2003), Columbia University, is Professor of Educational Philosophy and History at Marmara University. He has published books and articles on intellectual history and educational modernization including Selim III and His Era from Ancien Régime to New Order (İSAM, 2010).
Selçuk Akşin Somel, Ph.D. (1993), Bamberg University, teaches the History Programme at Sabancı University. His research interests include Ottoman education, women and gender, and peripheral populations. He is the author of The Modernization of Public Education in the Ottoman Empire (1839-1908). Islamization, Autocracy and Discipline (Brill, 2001).
Acknowledgements Acronyms Notes on Contributors Metin Kunt: Life and Work Selçuk Akşin Somel and Seyfi Kenan
A Representative List of Metin Kunt’s Publications
Introduction: The Issue of Transformation within the Ottoman Empire Selçuk Akşin Somel and Seyfi Kenan
part 1: Ottoman Historiography and Reflections
1 A Firman Issued by Mustafa the Son of Bayezid I Surnamed Düzme (1422) Elizabeth A. Zachariadou
2 Imaginary Voyages, Imagined Ottomans: A Gentleman Impostor, the Köprülüs, and Seventeenth-Century French Oriental Romances Tülay Artan
3 Practices of Remembrance and Sites of Violence in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul: The Beheading of Şeyh İsmâil Maʾşûkî (d.1539) Aslı Niyazioğlu
4 Ottoman Artisans in a Changing Political Context: Debates in Historiography Suraiya Faroqhi
part 2: Ottomans – Culture and Careers
5 Türbedar of the Ottoman Sultans: Şevkî Çelebi’s Nostalgia for the Bursa of Bayezid Han and Emîr Sultan Fatih Bayram
6 The Personal Anthology of an Ottoman Litterateur: Celâlzâde Sâlih (d.1565) and His Mecmua Cornell H. Fleischer and Kaya Şahin
7 Transforming the Abode of War into the Abode of Islam: A Local Grandee in Ottoman Hungary, Osman Ağa, Çelebi and Bey Pál Fodor
8 Making Recommendations: Azmîzâde and the Mahzar for Vücûdî Efendi, 1608 Christine Woodhead
9 A Poet’s Warning: Veysî’s Poem on the Breakdown of Ottoman Social and Political Life in the Seventeenth Century Mehmet Kalpaklı
10 From the ‘Scribe of Satan’ to the ‘Master of Belâgât’: Ottoman Chief Scribes and the Rhetorics of Political Survival in the Seventeenth Century Ekin Tuşalp-Atiyas
11 The Compass and the Astrolabe: Empiricism in the Ottoman Empire B. Harun Küçük
PART 3: Law, Religion and Political Thought
12 In Search of the Ancient Law or Kānûn-i Kadîm: Some Notes on Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Political Thought Mehmet Öz
13 Between a ‘Brilliant Retreat’ and a ‘Tragic Defeat’: Ottoman Narratives of the 1529 and 1683 Sieges of Vienna N. Zeynep Yelçe
14 Bidʾat, Custom and the Mutability of Legal Judgments: The Debate on the Congregational Performance of Supererogatory Prayers in the Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Empire Derin Terzioğlu
15 The Sicils of Karaferye (Veria) in the Eighteenth Century: A Case of Transformation? Antonis Anastasopoulos
16 Ottoman Legal Change and the Şeriat Courts in the Long Nineteenth Century Iris Agmon
17 Transformation through Constitution: Young Ottomans and the Kānûn-i Esâsî of 1876 Cemil Koçak
In Lieu of a Conclusion
18 Repertories of Empire: How Did the Ottomans Last So Long in a Changing World? Karl K. Barbir
All interested in the history of the Ottomans and Turkish conception of change and transformation from the late medieval age to modernity.