This multi-disciplinary volume is the first collective effort to explore Istanbul, capital of the vast polyglot, multiethnic, and multireligious Ottoman empire and home to one of the world’s largest and most diverse urban populations, as an early modern metropolis.
It assembles topics seldom treated together and embraces novel subjects and fresh approaches to older debates. Contributors crisscross the socioeconomic, political, cultural, environmental, and spatial, to examine the myriad human and non-human actors, local and global, that shaped the city into one of the key sites of early modern urbanity.
Contributors are: Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano , Zeynep Altok, Walter G. Andrews, Betül Başaran, Cem Behar, Maurits H. van den Boogert, John J. Curry, Linda T. Darling, Suraiya Faroqhi, Emine Fetvacı, Shirine Hamadeh, Cemal Kafadar, Çiğdem Kafescioğlu, Deniz Karakaş, Leyla Kayhan Elbirlik, B. Harun Küçük, Selim S. Kuru, Karen A. Leal, Gülru Necipoğlu, Christoph K. Neumann, Aslı Niyazioğlu, Amanda Phillips, Marinos Sariyannis, Aleksandar Shopov, Lucienne Thys-Şenocak, Nükhet Varlık, N. Zeynep Yelçe, Gülay Yılmaz, and Zeynep Yürekli.
Shirine Hamadeh, Ph.D. (1999), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology and the History of Art at Koç University. She works on the architecture and urban culture of early modern Istanbul and is the author of The City’s Pleasures: Istanbul in the Eighteenth Century.
Çiğdem Kafescioğlu, Ph.D. (1996), Harvard University, is Professor in the History Department at Boğaziçi University. She works on the visual, urban, and architectural culture of the early modern Ottoman world and is the author of Constantinopolis/Istanbul: Cultural Encounter, Imperial Vision and the Construction of the Ottoman Capital.
Preface Note on Transliteration List of Figures and Tables Abbreviations Contributors Maps
1 Early Modern Istanbul Shirine Hamadeh and Çiğdem Kafescioğlu
2 The City Opens Your Eyes Because It Wants to Be Seen The Conspicuity and Lure of Early Modern Istanbul
Part 1: Istanbulites of City and Court
3 Istanbul: A City of Men Selim S. Kuru
4 Women in the City Lucienne Thys-Şenocak
5 Elites’ Networks and Mobility Christoph K. Neumann
6 Palace and City Ceremonials N. Zeynep Yelçe
7 Courtly Spaces: Visual and Material Culture Emine Fetvacı
Part 2: Spaces and Landscapes of Production
8 Volatile Urban Landscapes between Mythical Space and Time Gülru Necipoğlu
9 Merchants and Global Connections Maurits H. van den Boogert
10 Artisans and Guilds Practices, Negotiations, and Conflicts
11 When Istanbul Was a City of Bostāns Urban Agriculture and Agriculturists
12 Water for the City Builders, Technology, and Private Initiative
Part 3: Everyday Lives and Spaces of Habitation
13 Neighborhood and Family Lives Leyla Kayhan Elbirlik
14 Communal Matters Karen A. Leal
15 Crafts and Everyday Consumption Amanda Phillips
16 Death in Istanbul Plagues, Fires, and Other Catastrophes
17 Crime, Violence, and Urban Policing Betül Başaran
Part 4: Streets and Publics
18 Sociability, Public Life, and Decorum Marinos Sariyannis
19 Sufi Spaces and Practices John J. Curry
20 The Sultan, His Monument, and the Critical Public Zeynep Yürekli
21 Urban Protests, Rebellions, and Revolts Gülay Yılmaz
22 The 18th-Century “Istanbul Tale” Prose Tales and Beyond
Part 5: Spaces of Thought and Imagination
23 Science and Technology B. Harun Küçük
24 Music and Musicians in the City Cem Behar
25 Poets, Sufis, and Their City Tours Aslı Niyazioğlu
26 The Poetics of Istanbul: The City of Cities Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano and Walter G. Andrews
27 Istanbul Elites and Political Writing Linda T. Darling
Select Bibliography Index
This handbook is aimed at students, teachers and scholars interested in Istanbul, Ottoman and Middle Eastern history, Mediterranean cities, early modern history, and urban studies.