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The Ottoman City between East and West
Aleppo, Izmir, and Istanbul

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Date Published: June 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521673549

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  • Studies of early-modern Islamic cities have stressed the atypical or the idiosyncratic. This bias derives largely from orientalist presumptions that they were in some way substandard or deviant. The first purpose of this volume is to normalize Ottoman cities, to demonstrate how, on the one hand, they resembled cities generally and how, on the other, their specific histories individualized them. The second purpose is to challenge the previous literature and to negotiate an agenda for future study. By considering the narrative histories of Aleppo, Izmir and Istanbul, the book offers a departure from the piecemeal methods of previous studies, emphasizing their importance during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and highlighting their essentially Ottoman character. While the essays provide an overall view, each can be approached separately. Their exploration of the sources and the agendas of those who have conditioned scholarly understanding of these cities will make them essential student reading.

    • Challenge to traditional literature on the subject
    • Interdisciplinary interest from Ottomanists to Islamicists, to urban historians and economic and social historians
    • Authors are well-known in the field and write accessibly which should encourage student as well as scholarly interest
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    • Date Published: June 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521673549
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: was there an Ottoman city? 1. Aleppo: the Ottoman Empire's caravan city Bruce Masters
    2. Izmir: from village to colonial port city Daniel Goffman
    3. Istanbul: from imperial to peripheralized capital Edhem Eldem
    Conclusion: contexts and characteristics
    Works consulted
    Index.

  • Authors

    Edhem Eldem, Bogaziçi University, Istanbul

    Daniel Goffman, Ball State University, Indiana

    Bruce Masters, Wesleyan University, Connecticut

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