Tag: Cultural History

Mapping Two Anatolian Epics: Dede Korkut and Digenis Akritas

Anatolia has been a prominent center in terms of having epics from the Hittites to the Seljuks, the Romans to the Ottomans. These epics are significant in a variety of ways; they essentially display the ways of communication between different cultures and societies alongside their struggle for ultimate and complete domination over Asia Minor. In this sense, […]

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 […]

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 […]