By Selen B. Morkoç

It's generally approved that files on Ottoman architects are infrequent and that little is understood concerning the architectural perform within the Ottoman global. a gaggle of texts that experience seemed among 16th and eighteenth centuries, notwithstanding, shape an exception to this common assumption. whereas those texts were stated and said in assorted prior experiences on Ottoman structure, they've got now not been the subject of an incredible interpretative technique earlier than. A research of Ottoman Narratives on structure: textual content, Context and Hermeneutics is the 1st interpretive and comparative study monograph to add those texts as its major subject. this is often the 1st translation of those works that contextualizes and translates their significance in English.

The first textual content is a bunch of 5 files that date again to the 16th century. They contain memoirs and construction lists written in prose and verse which belonged to sought after Ottoman architect Sinan. the second one textual content was once written below the effect of the 1st team of records and is in the same layout. It includes a memoir devoted to Sedefkar Mehmed Aga, who labored because the leader imperial architect within the 17th century, and in addition offers info on architectural phrases and makes comparisons among structure and song. The 3rd textual content isn't like the 1st : it's a monograph in regards to the Selimiye Mosque written in prose within the eighteenth century by means of Dayezade Mustafa, who used to be a whole outsider to structure. whereas the 3 texts have fairly varied old and thematic contexts their aspect in universal is their rendering of structure via narratives. From a hermeneutical viewpoint, the ebook compares narratives of the texts with modern historiography on Ottoman structure.

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Carlo Ginzburg in his approach to history writing encourages us to deal with historically marginal figures when looking at important historical facts and events. 51 At the same time, he argues that the trichotomy of history, rhetoric and proof is a complex relationship that blurs the boundaries between the three. 2 To sum up, the difficulty in understanding the implications of Ottoman narratives for architecture calls for a hermeneutical exercise in relation to the question of meaning in architecture.

Yiizyildan 18. Yiizyila Osmanli Imparatorlugu [Formation of the Modern State: Ottoman Empire from 16th to ISth-Century] (Ankara:lmge Kitabevi, 2000), 21. 8 Daniel Goffman, The Ottoman Empire and Early Modern Europe (Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002), 7. , 21,30. 6 Part I: Ottoman Narratives on Architecture 27 texts consistently seem to express a longing for an origin both distant and desired, dating back to the social life practised by Prophet Mohammad as declared in sunna and hadith traditions, and this has been interpreted as supporting the essential nature of the state.

Necipoglu presumes that his full name must have been Yusuf Sinan or Yusuf Sinanuddin. It is known that during the Ottoman period those who were conscripted and who changed their religion to Islam were given names such as Abdullah, Abdurrahman, Abdulmennan which mean 'servant of God', Yapilar Kitabi, 38,90. , Mimar Sinan and Tezkiretii 'l-Biinyan, 53. Necipoglu, The Age of Sinan: Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire, 129-132. Lewis, Istanbul and the Civilization of the Ottoman Empire, 36.

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