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Surviving Istanbul: Struggles, Feasts and Calamities in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Ottoman and Turkish Studies #2) (Hardcover)

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A fascinating exploration of everyday life in premodern Istanbul.

In Surviving Istanbul, Suraiya Faroqhi takes the reader to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Istanbul, with occasional forays into earlier and later periods, focusing in particular on the city’s ordinary inhabitants. From the foods eaten and the streets traversed, to the miseries endured because of recurring fires, Surviving Istanbul illustrates a city of immigrants, slaves, artisans, and rural dwellers supplying the urban markets, with all the struggles that living in (and around) the city entailed. At the same time, Faroqhi shows, the city’s relatively young population also found ways to have fun, such as celebrating at public festivals or taking a swim in a river emptying into the Bosporus. Drawing on archival and narrative sources, with particular reliance on the impressions of Evliya Çelebi (1611–about 1685), this book offers a mosaic of daily life in premodern Istanbul.
 

About the Author


Suraiya Faroqhi is professor emeritus at Istanbul Bilgi University and teaches now at Ibn Haldun University in Istanbul.


Product Details
ISBN: 9786258022407
Publisher: Koc University Press
Publication Date: July 6th, 2024
Pages: 448
Language: English
Series: Ottoman and Turkish Studies