Perceiving and Narrating the United States in an Ottoman Magazine

(A small reminder: I wrote this paper for “HIST 310: History of the Americas” Class at Boğaziçi University, given by Joseph Yackley. Enjoy reading!) Introduction The end of the 19th century and the first years of the 20th century witnessed prominent developments around the world in terms of socio-economic, cultural, political, and military aspects. Needless to say, these developments also …

The Meanings of Crime and Cleaning in the Late Ottoman World: A Brief Investigation of the Imperial Ottoman Penal Code (1858)

The Ottoman Empire’s project of implementing reforms was a significant transformation after facing internal and external hardships in the nineteenth century. Particularly, the Edict of Gülhane in 1839 brought about new reforms called the Tanzimat. The Edict promised to secure justice, honor, and property and to promulgate regulations and laws in a variety of areas. The establishment of a new …

“The Muslim Bonaparte” is Rising: The Building of Albania and Ioannina by A Skilled Landlord

The role of Ioannina (Yanya) as the heart of life in Albania In this summary, I attempted to investigate the book “The Muslim Bonaparte: Diplomacy & Orientalism in Ali Pasha’s Greece (Princeton, 1999)” by Katherine Elizabeth Fleming who greatly examined Ali Pasha and his surroundings. I emphasized two chapters of this valuable work in probing the role of the geographic, …

One Battle Two Stances: Preveza (1538)

(It is a revised version of my article written in the framework of TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey)’s Project Competition among High Schools in 2012. Originally in Turkish, I escaped removing my wording but a bit summarized the article in order not to bother readers through translation. I added portraits to visualize the battle better. After …

Tanpınar’s War of Independence: An Influential Turkish Writer’s Novel on Occupied Istanbul

“We were perhaps weak; but in the middle of an unarmed city, they were ridiculous with their seriousness. ” I wrote this small inquiry at the high-school in 2014 for the Turkish Literature lesson’s research book review. Today, without changing anything, I translated it into English. From that time, my life has enormously been changed and I experienced various matters …

The Multiple Functions of Gift-Giving in the Ottoman World at the time of Suleiman the Magnificent

The Respect for An Ambassador who portrayed ‘Turkish’ Ways of Life: Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq’s “the Turkish Letters” is a substantial document that presents important insights through the sixteenth century of the Ottoman world. Ferdinand I, the Habsburg Emperor, appoints Busbecq as the ambassador in Istanbul for some eight years to solve tensions between the Habsburgs and …

Tracing the meanings of the first Ottoman history: Ahmedi’s “Tevarîh-i Mulûk-i Âl-i ‘Osman”

I wrote this assignment for HIST 222 (Ottoman History: 1300-1600) but I changed its order a bit in order to understand what the article aims. Enjoy reading! It is apparent that a number of authors have attempted to write the Ottoman history for centuries. In this sense, particularly, primary sources are quite crucial to understanding any narrated age in the …