Istanbul - Kushta - Constantinople: Narratives of Identity in the Ottoman Capital, 1830-1930

1st Edition

Christoph Herzog, Richard Wittmann

Published September 21, 2018
Reference - 312 Pages
ISBN 9781138631311 - CAT# Y308199
Series: Life Narratives of the Ottoman Realm: Individual and Empire in the Near East


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Istanbul – Kushta – Constantinople presents twelve studies that draw on contemporary life narratives that shed light on little explored aspects of nineteenth-century Ottoman Istanbul. As a broad category of personal writing that goes beyond the traditional confines of the autobiography, life narratives range from memoirs, letters, reports, travelogues and descriptions of daily life in the city and its different neighborhoods. By focusing on individual experiences and perspectives, life narratives allow the historian to transcend rigid political narratives and to recover lost voices, especially of those underrepresented groups, including women and members of non-Muslim communities.

The studies of this volume focus on a variety of narratives produced by Muslim and Christian women, by non-Muslims and Muslims, as well as by natives and outsiders alike. They dispel European Orientalist stereotypes and cross class divides and ethnic identities. Travel accounts of outsiders provide us with valuable observations of daily life in the city that residents often overlooked.

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