Dimensions of Transformation in the Ottoman Empire from the Late Medieval Age to Modernity

In Memory of Metin Kunt


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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.

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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).
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.
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