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Histoire socioculturelle de la communauté de Péra
This book traces the history of the Greek orthodox community of Pera (in Turkish Beyoğlu), a quarter situated at the heart of Istanbul. It is mostly based on parish archives and covers the period from 1804 to 1923. Demographic aspects, administrative organization, the profile of the élite, philanthropic projects and activities (education, charity) constitute the main axes. Through the case of this Christian population, one of the most prosperous in Eastern Mediterranean, the study highlights the functioning and the aspirations of non Muslim communities of the Ottoman Empire at the age of nationalism. Were these conscious of living through the end of an era ? Implicitly, the warning signs of the collapse of the imperial edifice are also sought to be identified.

Ce livre retrace l’histoire de la communauté grecque orthodoxe de Péra (en turc Beyoğlu), quartier situé au cœur d’Istanbul. Il s’appuie pour l’essentiel sur les archives paroissiales. Il couvre la période allant de 1804 à 1923. Les aspects démographiques, l’organisation administrative, le profil des élites, les projets et œuvres philanthropiques (éducation, charité) en constituent les principaux axes. À travers le cas de cette population chrétienne, une des plus prospères de l’Est méditerranéen, il s’agit de cerner le fonctionnement et les aspirations des communautés non musulmanes de l’Empire ottoman à l’âge des nationalismes. Celles-ci avaient-elles conscience de vivre la fin d’une époque ? En filigrane, l’ouvrage cherche à identifier les signes précurseurs de l’effondrement de l’édifice impérial.
In recent years, there has been an increased interest in the study of the concept of time in the Ottoman Empire. Many existing studies focused on the technical aspects, e.g. the measure of time, and the instruments to do this (like clepsydras, water clocks, hourglasses, and sundials found on the facades of mosques and medreses). Other aspects were neglected, like the various Ottoman experiments with time and the Ottomans' conceptions of time. This collective volume addresses several of these forgotten aspects of the political, social and cultural modalities of time in the Ottoman Empire.