Subjects of the Sultan: Culture and Daily Life in the Ottoman Empire

Subjects of the Sultan: Culture and Daily Life in the Ottoman Empire

by Suraiya Faroqhi
     
 

ISBN-10: 1850437602

ISBN-13: 9781850437604

Pub. Date: 11/29/2005

Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited

Suraiya Faroqhi here explores the urban world of the Ottoman lands from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. She describes the social significance of the popular arts and crafts of the period and examines the interaction among the diverse populations and classes of the Empire, with their varying religions and ethnic backgrounds. Even the banalities associated…  See more details below

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Suraiya Faroqhi here explores the urban world of the Ottoman lands from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. She describes the social significance of the popular arts and crafts of the period and examines the interaction among the diverse populations and classes of the Empire, with their varying religions and ethnic backgrounds. Even the banalities associated with the everyday are brought to life: bathing, the market, loving and grieving are all explored for the first time with scholarly rigour and fascination for a disappeared world." "Delving into personal letters, court documents, wills, correspondence with Sufi masters and the travel records of seafarers and traders, Faroqhi has identified a broad range of areas where individuals were able to create a flourishing and vibrant urban civilization, even while politically the Empire was beginning its relentless decline. By presenting a new vision of Ottoman cultural history, Subjects of the Sultan fills a huge gap and will fascinate not only historians of the Middle East but also social historians, students and discerning readers interested in history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781850437604
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
11/29/2005
Pages:
358
Sales rank:
471,148
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 11.09(h) x 1.09(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Culture: How it was Created and Disseminated
• The Economic and Social Structure of the ottoman Empire in Early Modern Times
• Images of the World and the Times
• Borders and Those Who Crossed Them
• Women's Culture
• Part II: The Arts
• Architects, Pious Foundations and Architectural Aesthetics
• Town Life: Urban Identity and Lifestyle
• Ceremonies, Festivals and the Decorative Arts
• Readers, Writers and Storytellers
• Food, Drink and Sociability
• Part III: Cultural Change
• Crises and New Beginnings, 1770-1839
• Elegance Alafranga, Social Criticism and Tomatoes: Transformations in the Culture of the Ottoman Upper Class, 1840-1914
• In Conclusion
• Notes
• Chronology
• Bibliography
• Index

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