Sinan's Autobiographies

Five Sixteenth-Century Texts


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The sixteenth-century Ottoman architect Sinan is today universally recognized as the defining figure in the development of the classical Ottoman style. In addition to his vast oeuvre, he left five remarkable autobiographical accounts, the Adsız Risale, the Risāletü'l-Miʿmāriyye, Tuḥfetü'l-Miʿmārīn, Teẕkiretü'l-Ebniye and Teẕkiretü’l-Bünyān, that provide details of his life and works. Based on information dictated by Sinan to his poet-painter friend Mustafa Saʿi Çelebi shortly before his death, these accounts exist in multiple manuscript versions in libraries in Istanbul, Ankara, and Cairo.
The present volume contains critical editions of all five texts along with transcriptions, annotated translations, and facsimiles of the most important variant versions; and an introductory essay that analyzes the various surviving manuscripts, reconstructs their histories, and establishes the relationships between them; and a preface that considers the sources, themes, and broader implications of the five autobiographies.

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Howard Crane is Professor of Near Eastern Art and Archaeology in the Department of History of Art at the Ohio State University.
Esra Akın is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History of Art at the Ohio State University and is currently completing on her dissertation on Mustafa Ali’s Epic Deeds of Artists.
Gülru Necipoğlu is the Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University.
Preface: “Sources, Themes, and Cultural Implications of Sinan’s Autobiographies” by Gülru Necipoqlu
Authors’ Notes and Acknowledgments
Note on Transcription
Introduction .
Synopsis of Relationships between Texts and Manuscripts Works Cited
Adsæz Risale (AR) [Untitled Treatise]
Ris¸letü’l-Mi{m¸riyye, (RM) [Treatise on Architecture]
Tu¥fetü’l-Mi{m¸rºn (TM) [Choice Gift of the Architects]
Tezkiretü’l-Ebniye (TE) [Record of Buildings]
Tezkiretü’l-Büny¸n (TB) [Record of Construction]
Collations of Tezkiretü’l-Ebniye
Collations of Tezkiretü’l-Büny¸n
Note on the Format of Appendices
Appendix I: Citation Index of Buildings Listed in Tezkiretü’l-niye
Appendix II: Sequence of Citations in Inventories Listed in Tezkiretü’l-Ebniye
Appendix III: Comparison of Prose Introduction in AR, RM, TM, and TE
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