New PDF release: Approaching Ottoman History: An Introduction to the Sources

By Suraiya Faroqhi

Излагая методы, пользуясь которыми, для интерпретации истории Османской империи можно использовать первичные и вторичные источники, автор обращается к студентам и исследователям в этой и смежной областях и дисциплинах, чтобы облегчить знакомство с такими документами. Рассматривая как архивные, так и нарративные источники, автор объясняет, как они подготавливались, чтобы убедить читателей применять критический подход к их данным, и не считать априори, что всё зарегистрированное в официальных документах является обязательно точным или даже истинным. В то время как книга, по существу, может использоваться в качестве руководство по сложной дисциплине для начинающих исследователей, опытные тюркологи могут найти в ней много новых и провокационных интерпретаций.Образцы сканов:

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After the editor’s death his work has been continued by Erich Prokosch and Karl Teply (Evliya Çelebi, tr. and annotated Kreutel, Prokosch and Teply, 1987). The series also contains one of the more exotic texts ever written in Ottoman, namely Evliya Çelebi’s account of his search for the sources of the Nile (Evliya Çelebi, tr. Prokosch, 1994). 34 APP R OAC HI N G OTT OM AN H I S TORY DE SI G N ING A P APER After having located primary and secondary sources, we will discuss some of the perspectives opening up in front of a person who begins to write a research paper.

Or if that is not possible, we at least need to know something about the political and social environment in which the work in question was written. We also need to determine what literary conventions governed composition, and who the intended addressee was. Last but not least, we need to find out what practical purpose the author had in mind; for instance, he may have been hunting for promotion at court by interesting a patron in his fate. Or else he was trying to legitimise a dervish convent by linking up this establishment with a saintly founder.

Building on this information, Chapter 4 introduces a few frequently consulted document types, and also discusses the uses to which these sources can be put. As an example, we will survey the documents which can provide information on Ottoman rural society, a choice motivated by two considerations. On the one hand, the vast majority of Ottoman subjects were peasants and nomads. We tend to forget this basic fact of 22 APP R OAC HI N G OTT OM AN H I S TORY life in our absorption with the documents, in which members of the ruling groups and townsmen in general are vastly overrepresented.

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