Turcologica Upsaliensia

An Illustrated Collection of Essays

The richly illustrated essays in Turcologica Upsaliensia tell the stories of scholars, travellers, diplomats and collectors who made discoveries in the Turkic-speaking world while affiliated with Sweden’s oldest university, at Uppsala.

The study of Oriental languages, including Turkic, has a long tradition at Uppsala. The first part of the volume tells of famous Uppsala professors who were experts not only in Ottoman and Chaghatay, but also in smaller Turkic languages, and of their high esteem for Turkic culture. It also tells how collectors benefited from the Swedish court’s cordial relations with the Ottomans. The second part describes selected manuscripts, art objects and maps, calling readers’ attention to the cultural heritage preserved at the University Library, which is also accessible online.
Contributors include: Göran Bäärnhielm, Jan von Bonsdorff, Bernt Brendemoen, Ulla Birgegård, Éva Á. Csató, Per Cullhed, Kristof D’hulster, Josef Eskhult, Mohammad Fazlhashemi, Gunilla Gren-Eklund, Hans Helander, Lars Johanson, Birsel Karakoç, Sabira Ståhlberg, Ingvar Svanberg, Fikret Turan, and Ali Yıldız.

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Éva Á. Csató, the first Professor of Turkic Languages in Sweden, has made contributions to the typology of Turkic languages as well as to the documentation of endangered Turkic varieties. She has continued Uppsala University’s long tradition of Karaim studies.

Gunilla Gren-Eklund is Professor Emerita of Indology, esp. Sanskrit at Uppsala University. Alongside her research in various aspects of Indology she has also devoted scholarly attention to university history, in particular to how the study of Oriental languages developed as an academic discipline in Sweden.

Lars Johanson is Professor of Turcology at the University of Mainz, Germany, and Reader at Uppsala University, Sweden. He has published widely on descriptive and historical linguistics, mostly focusing on the Turkic language family. He edits the journal Turkic Languages and the monograph series Turcologica.

Birsel Karakoç, Professor of Turkic languages at Uppsala University, Sweden, has contributed to questions within the typology of Turkic languages, Noghay and other Kipchak Turkic languages, Turkish, Turkic varieties of Iran, the bilingual acquisition of Turkish, comparative Turkic linguistics and language contact
Preface of the Editors

Gunilla Gren-Eklund
Early History of Uppsala University and the Chair of Oriental Languages

Per Cullhed
Turkic Cultural Heritage in the Oriental Collections of Uppsala University Library

Lars Johanson
Turkic Studies in the Swedish Empire 1632–1718

Josef Eskhult
Christian Ravius’ Turkic and Semitic Studies and his Work as an Orientalist in the Swedish State Service

Hans Helander
The Turkish Threat in Early Modern Latin Literature

Hans Helander
Gustaf Peringer’s Speech in Praise of the Oriental Languages (1674) and his Evaluation of the Turkish Tongue

Éva Ágnes Csató
Gustaf Peringer and the Karaim

Ulla Birgegård
J. G. Sparwenfeld and the Oriental Languages

Sabira Ståhlberg and Ingvar Svanberg
Frederick Hasselquist in Smyrna and Magnesia

Bernt Brendemoen
The Eighth International Congress of Orientalists, Held in Stockholm/Uppsala and Christiania (1–14 September 1889), and its Echo in Turkish Literature

Birsel Karakoç, Fikret Turan and Ali Yıldız
Ottoman and Chaghatay Manuscripts at Uppsala University Library

Lars Johanson
Isfahan – Moscow – Uppsala. On Some Middle Azeri Manuscripts and the Stations Along Their Journey to Uppsala

Kristof D’hulster
From Tashkent to Mecca and Back. Notes on an 1885 Hajj Travelogue (Uppsala Ms. O Nov. 370)

Kristof D’hulster
A 19th-century Chaghatay-Kazakh Version of the Story of Jesus and the Skull

Mohammad Fazlhashemi
A Book for Children, Manual in Court Intrigues or Advice for Ethical Government – Appelboom’s Swedish Translation of Kalila and Dimna

Jan von Bonsdorff
Carl Gustaf Löwenhielm’s Turkish Sketchbooks from 1824 to 1827

Göran Bäärnhielm
An Ottoman Exercise-Book in Map-Drawing Based on Pīrī Re’īs’ Sailing Handbook

Anyone interested in the history of Turkic studies in Sweden, the Turkic cultural heritage collections (mainly Ottoman) at Uppsala University Library, and the story of their acquisition.