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By Selen B. Morkoç

It really is broadly accredited that records on Ottoman architects are infrequent and that little is understood in regards to the architectural perform within the Ottoman international. a bunch of texts that experience seemed among 16th and eighteenth centuries, in spite of the fact that, shape an exception to this basic assumption. whereas those texts were pointed out and observed in varied earlier stories on Ottoman structure, they've got no longer been the subject of a tremendous interpretative method earlier than. A learn 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 matter. this is often the 1st translation of those works that contextualizes and translates their value in English.

The first textual content is a bunch of 5 records that date again to the 16th century. They include memoirs and development lists written in prose and verse which belonged to famous Ottoman architect Sinan. the second one textual content was once written lower than the impact of the 1st staff of records and is in an identical layout. It contains a memoir devoted to Sedefkar Mehmed Aga, who labored because the leader imperial architect within the 17th century, and likewise offers info on architectural phrases and makes comparisons among structure and track. The 3rd textual content isn't the same as the 1st : it's a monograph concerning the Selimiye Mosque written in prose within the eighteenth century by means of Dayezade Mustafa, who was once a whole outsider to structure. whereas the 3 texts have relatively diverse ancient and thematic contexts their aspect in universal is their rendering of structure via narratives. From a hermeneutical point of view, the publication compares narratives of the texts with modern historiography on Ottoman structure.

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Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (London; New York: Verso, 1991), 12. , 13. , 13,36. 5 Their societies are organised around monarchs. Religious and dynastic communities, Anderson argues, were interwoven in many premodem examples throughout history. 6 Viewed from Anderson's perspective, the Ottoman Empire can be seen to have developed its cultural system by drawing on the inner dynamics of its religious and dynastic communities. This is what makes it at once different and remote from us with reference to its historical context.

Such an approach to the history of architecture has difficulty engaging contextual details; for example, it engages in limited use of archival material merely as evidence bound to the criteria of rationality and objectivity, and downplays architectural meaning. Eventually, many cases exhibited in some historical texts can be undermined or not dealt with sufficiently due to their irrelevance to the main concerns of the history of architecture. , 202-206. Ibid,, XXV. 18 A Study of Ottoman Narratives on Architecture hermeneutical paradigm, I introduce the three Ottoman narratives as three distinct ways of elaborating the historical experience of architecture.

However, his insights into architecture reflecting human experience also hold for texts. 44 Brian Stock argues similarly that texts and architecture have commonality in expressing cultural values and therefore in embodying meaning. 45 Therefore, in Jones' terms, ritualarchitectural events around Ottoman buildings of the past can be re-read through the texts of the past. Not chronicles or official recordings, but texts that have a narrative quality and perhaps a more inconspicuous and ambivalent objective or ideology provide invaluable sources reflecting the ambiguous nature of experience.

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