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A Neighborhood in Ottoman Istanbul: Fruit Vendors and Civil by Cem Behar

By Cem Behar

A distinct historical past of a small local group of Ottoman Istanbul.

Combining the shiny and colourful element of a micro-history with a much wider historic standpoint, this groundbreaking examine appears to be like on the city and social historical past of a small local group (a mahalle) of Ottoman Istanbul, the Kasap Iùlyas. Drawing on really wealthy historic documentation beginning within the early 16th century, Cem Behar makes a speciality of how the Kasap Iùlyas mahalle got here to reflect a few of the overarching problems with the capital urban of the Ottoman Empire. additionally thought of are different matters valuable to the historiography of towns, resembling rural migration and concrete integration of migrants, together with avenues for pro integration and the cohesion networks migrants shaped, and the position of old guilds and non-guild exertions, the ancestor of the "informal" or "marginal" quarter came across at the present time in much less built countries.

“Behar’s booklet is … a resource of suggestion for students to discuss a few of the small print he has raised at the altering social cloth of an area in Istanbul.” — center East reviews organization Bulletin

"Behar provides us a true feel of what it was once prefer to reside in an eighteenth- or nineteenth-century Istanbul mahalle; beforehand, merely the authors of novels or brief tales were in a position to exhibit this sort of shiny effect. We in most cases simply understand how Ottoman minor officers have been imagined to functionality, and never how they really operated; Behar's paintings permits us to bridge that gap." — Suraiya Faroqhi, writer of Subjects of the Sultan: tradition and everyday life within the Ottoman Empire

"This ebook deals an outstanding addition to the transforming into literature at the city historical past of the center East." — Sevket Pamuk, writer of A financial heritage of the Ottoman Empire

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His personal Holy War was in fact only beginning. He remembered the very day he had set foot on “his” bit of Istanbul. That was also the first time he had entered the conquered city itself. Approaching his territory on a boat, he had found landing on a small old wharf made of a few creaking planks. The infidels called it the Agios Emilianos wharf. Part of the Muslim army had already used it as a landing place during the two-month long siege of Constantinople. This wharf was the nearest sea access to his portion of the city.

Many maps and engravings of the period show vast empty areas all along the coast. The Buondelmonti map of the end of the fifteenth century as well as the Vavassore map dating from the 1520s show, despite the usual inaccuracies of scale and perspective, that the seacoast of the walled city of Istanbul was lined with gardens, vineyards, orchards, and windmills and contained large areas of empty land. 8 Deserted though it was in the decades preceding the Turkish conquest, the Davudpaœa area was not given priority when Istanbul had to be repopulated after the Ottoman takeover.

These rosters, which contain personal and confidential information, are still protected by a privacy 22 INTRODUCTION law. They have not yet been turned over to the Ottoman Archives of the Prime Ministry and are not yet, properly speaking, public archival documents. They can be consulted by special permission only. We have done an exhaustive and systematic transcription of both the 1885 and the 1907 census documents for the Kasap ƒlyas mahalle. In the 1885 census, the non-Muslim population of the neighborhood was registered in a separate roster, which is unfortunately lost.

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