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

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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 ...
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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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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)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781860642890
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/4/2000
  • 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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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations
A Note on Transliteration
Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 The Emergence of an Empire 21
Pt. I Culture: How it was Created and Disseminated 41
3 The Economic and Social Structure of the Ottoman Empire in Early Modern Times 43
4 Images of the World and the Times 61
5 Borders and Those Who Crossed Them 80
6 Women's Culture 101
Pt. II The Arts 123
7 Architects, Pious Foundations and Architectural Aesthetics 125
8 Town Life: Urban Identity and Lifestyle 146
9 Ceremonies, Festivals and Decorative Arts 162
10 Readers, Writers and Storytellers 185
11 Food, Drink and Sociability 204
Pt. III Cultural Change 223
12 Crises and New Beginnings, 1770-1839 225
13 Elegance Alafranga, Social Criticism and Tomatoes: Transformations in the Culture of the Ottoman Upper Class, 1840-1914 247
14 In Conclusion 272
Notes 289
Chronology 324
Bibliography 329
Index 352
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