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Author: Kātib Çelebi
Editors / Translators: Robert Dankoff and Gottfried Hagen
Cihānnümā is the summa of Ottoman geography and one of the axial texts of Islamic intellectual history. Kātib Çelebi (d. 1657) sought to combine the Islamic geographical tradition with the new European discoveries, atlases and surveys. His cosmography included a comprehensive description of the regions of the world, extending westward from Japan and as far as the eastern Ottoman provinces. Ebū Bekr b. Behrām ed-Dimaşḳī (d. 1691) continued with a survey of the Arab countries and the remaining Ottoman provinces of Anatolia. İbrāhīm Müteferriḳa combined the two, with additional notes and maps of his own, in one of the earliest Ottoman printed books, Kitāb-ı Cihānnümā (1732).
In our translation we have carefully distinguished the parts of the three authors. Based on Kātib Çelebi’s original manuscript we have made hundreds of corrections to Müteferriḳa’s text. To a limited extent we have also taken into account Kātib Çelebi’s Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Latin and Italian sources.
This volume sheds light on the historical background and political circumstances which encouraged the dialogue between Eastern-European Christians and Arabic-speaking Christians of the Middle East in Ottoman times, as well as the means employed in pursuing this dialogue for several centuries. The ties that connected Eastern European Christianity with Arabic-speaking Christians in the 16th-19th centuries are the focus of this book. Contributors address the Arabic-speaking hierarchs’ and scholars’ connections with patriarchs and rulers of Constantinople, the Romanian Principalities, Kyiv, and the Tsardom of Moscow, the circulation of literature, models, iconography, and knowhow between the Middle East and Eastern Europe, and research dedicated to them by Eastern European scholars.

Contributors are Stefano Di Pietrantonio, Ioana Feodorov, Serge Frantsouzoff, Bernard Heyberger, Elena Korovtchenko, Sofia Melikyan, Charbel Nassif, Constantin A. Panchenko, Yulia Petrova, Vera Tchentsova, Mihai Ţipău, Carsten Walbiner.
Editors: Marco Faini and Paola Ugolini
A Companion to Pietro Aretino offers exhaustive yet accessible essays aimed at understanding this complex and fascinating author. Its scope extends beyond the field of Italian studies, and includes references to other European literatures, visual arts, music, performance studies, gender studies, and social and religious history. It explores previously neglected areas of Aretino’s literary and biographical identity: in particular, his religious writings and their fortune, his relationships to visual arts and music and his fashioning of a public persona. The essays here included support the current scholarly trend that no longer considers Aretino merely as a pornographer, but interpret his work in the light of the contemporary religious debate and cultural crisis.
Religious Orders and Their Schools in Early Modern Italy (1500–1800)
Author: David Salomoni
In Educating the Catholic People, David Salomoni reconstructs the complex Italian educational system that arose during the sixteenth century and lasted until the advent of the French Revolution. Over these three centuries, various religious orders, both male and female, took on the educational needs of cities and states of the Italian peninsula, renewing the previous humanist pedagogical tradition. Historians, however, have not so far attempted to produce a synthesis on this topic, focusing mainly on the pedagogical activity of the Jesuits. This book, without forgetting the Society of Jesus, but using it as a criterion for evaluating the work of other teaching congregations, aims at filling this gap providing a new chapter in the history of pre-modern educational institutions.