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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
 

To date no book has explored the day-to-day life of the common people during the centuries of Ottoman rule. Suraiya Foroqhi here explores the urban world of the Ottoman lands from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. She describes the social significance of the popular arts and crafts of the period and examines the interaction among the diverse

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To date no book has explored the day-to-day life of the common people during the centuries of Ottoman rule. Suraiya Foroqhi here explores the urban world of the Ottoman lands from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth 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. She also brings to life the banalities associated with everyday life, such as bathing, the market, loving and grieving--all explored for the first time.

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""[Faroqhi is]...the person who is the best qualified to write on the day-to-day life of the Empire's population...""--Journal of Islamic Studies

""Subjects of the Sultan will serve us well in the classroom and remind us that, in spite of the incompleteness of the record, it is possible to 'see' the Ottomans.""-- International Journal of Turkish Studies

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This study was originally published in German in 1995 (Verlagsbuchhandlung, Munich). Faroqhi (Ottoman studies, Ludwig- Maximilians U., Munich) looks beyond the cultural world of the sultans, viziers, and <'e>lite of the Empire (which is more commonly studied) to examine the cultural world of the common people. Her discussion is arranged in three sections on how culture was created and disseminated, the arts, and cultural change. More specifically, she addresses such topics as women's culture; architecture; town life; ceremonies, festivals, and the decorative arts; and food, drink, and sociability. The final two chapters discuss crises and new beginnings, 1770-1839; and transformations in the culture of the Ottoman upper class, 1840-1914. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781860642890
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
11/04/2000
Pages:
287
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.31(d)

Meet the Author


Suraiya Faroqhi is Professor of Ottoman Studies at the Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, and the author of Pilgrims and Sultans (I.B.Tauris).

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