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
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.
Howard Crane is Professor of Near Eastern Art and Archaeology in the Department of History of Art at the Ohio State University.
Esra Akın holds a doctorate (2007) in History of Art from Ohio State University. She is the author of
Mustafa Âli's Epic Deeds of Artists. A Critical Edition of the Earliest Ottoman Text about the Calligraphers and Painters of the Islamic World (Brill, 2011).
Gülru Necipoğlu is the Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University.
Table of contents
Preface: “Sources, Themes, and Cultural Implications of Sinan’s Autobiographies” by Gülru Necipoğlu Authors’ Notes and Acknowledgments Note on Transcription Abbreviations Introduction . Synopsis of Relationships between Texts and Manuscripts Works Cited
Adsız Risale, (AR) [Untitled Treatise]
Risāletü'l-Miʿmāriyye, (RM) [Treatise on Architecture]
Tuḥfetü'l-Miʿmārīn, (TM) [Choice Gift of the Architects]
Tezkiretü’l-Ebniye (TE) [Record of Buildings]
Teẕkiretü’l-Bünyān (TB) [Record of Construction] Collations of
Tezkiretü’l-Ebniye Collations of
Teẕkiretü’l-Bünyān Note on the Format of Appendices Appendix I: Citation Index of Buildings Listed in
Tezkiretü’l-Ebniye Appendix II: Sequence of Citations in Inventories Listed in
Tezkiretü’l-Ebniye Appendix III: Comparison of Prose Introduction in AR, RM, TM, and TE Facsimiles Index
Those interested in the visual culture of the Islamic world.
Studies and Sources on Islamic Art and Architecture: Supplements to Muqarnas contain textual primary sources for visual culture and scholarly historical examinations of topics and issues in Islamic art, architecture and culture.