Synopses & Reviews
Tulips and coffee are defining cultural products of the Ottoman eighteenth century, along with their related institutions of palace and coffeehouse. These cultural products hold multiple meanings in the history and historiography of the period. They are associated with the daily life of common people and their sociabilities, on the one hand, and with the Ottoman court and imperial legitimacy, on the other.
Ottoman Tulips, Ottoman Coffee offers a critical exploration of definitive cultural phenomena of the Ottoman eighteenth century, such as, the coffee house, the printing press, imperial architecture and royal pageantry and festivals. Chapters explore subjects ranging from the changing forms of imperial ritual in Ottoman circumcision celebrations, to the history of the construction of the famed palace of Saadabad, to the reputedly failed project of the first Ottoman printing press. In doing so, the book reassesses the history and unravels the historiography of the so-called 'Tulip Period'. Further, the book also reconsiders the coffeehouse to see it as a multifunctional space, which was used variously for such diverse means and ends as a rebel headquarters, a Sufi lodge, police station and racketeering office.
Most importantly this book attempts to transcend current debates about the purported Ottoman eighteenth century cultural and political decline and the twin teleologies of Westernization and modernization. It views the Ottoman Empire in its natural geography of Eurasia and sees its interactions as significantly with the East as much as with the West.
'Insightful engagement with the byways of Ottoman sociability and aesthetics, will amply reward the attention of a broad readership of cultural and gender historians as well as area specialists....The collection is a rarity in Ottoman studies thanks to its relatively tight temporal focus and the fresh methodologies and perspectives that it advances.' - Madeline Zilfi, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland
About the Author
Dana Sajdi is Assistant Professor of Middle East History at Boston College, USA. She completed her PhD at Columbia University
Table of Contents
1. By Way of Introduction:Decline,its Discontents and Ottoman Cultural History
2. Saadabad:The 'Tulip Age ' and Ottoman -Safavid Rivalry
3. The First Ottoman Turkish Printing Press: Success or Failure?
4. Nahils ,Circumcision Rituals and the Theatre State
5. Janissary Coffee Houses in Late Eighteenth-Century Istanbul
6. The Heart 's Desire:Gender,Urban Space,and the Ottoman Coffee House