The book re-evaluates Ottoman art of the early modern period within the Renaissance paradigm. It argues that the Ottomans indeed had a Renaissance at the same time as the Europeans of the West and that, whilst sharing certain characteristics, the Ottomans experience a Renaissance distinct to their European counterparts. In addition to the influences of classical Greece and Rome, Metin Mustafa argues that the Ottomans drew on their Eastern past – their Steppe heritage, Islamic, Timurid and Persian influences, marking a significant divergence with the West. By casting the net wide and clearly demonstrating the vast range of traditions, which inspired the grand cultural phenomenon of the early modern Ottoman period, he uniquely situates the Ottoman Renaissance in a more meaningful historical context. East and West were fundamental to the Ottoman mindset and this is what is emphasized in the book.
|Publisher:||Blue Dome Press|
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About the Author
Metin Mustafa holds a PhD in Ottoman Renaissance art from The University of Notre Dame, Australia, and Bachelor of Education in Humanities from The University of Sydney. He has lectured and tutored the units The History of Western Civilisation and Religious Traditions in Multicultural Australia at The University of Notre Dame Australia and Charles Sturt University respectively. Metin also taught Teaching History Methodology at the Australian Catholic University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Historical Context of the Ottoman Renaissance 15
Chapter 2 The Rebirth Paradigm: Italian and Ottoman Perspectives 27
Chapter 3 Sufi Methodologies 49
Chapter 4 Links to the Past 59
Chapter 5 Ottoman Architecture: Surpassing the Past 97
Chapter 6 Ottoman Fine Arts: Word of God, Art of Man 131
Chapter 7 Renaissance Self-Fashioning of Süleyman the Magnificent 173
Conclusion: A Distinctively Ottoman Renaissance 207
List of Illustrations 253