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Approaching Ottoman History. An Introduction to the Sources by Suraiya Faroqhi

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Suraiya Faroqhi’s scholarly contribution to the field of Ottoman history has been prodigious. Her latest book represents a summation of that scholarship, an introduction to the state-of-the-art in Ottoman history. In a compelling exploration of the ways that primary and secondary sources can be used to interpret history, the author reaches out to students and researchers in the field and in related disciplines to familiarise them with these documents. By considering both archival and narrative sources, she explains why they were prepared, encouraging her readers to adopt a critical approach to their findings, and disabusing them of the notion that everything recorded in official documents is necessarily true! While the book is essentially a guide to a complex discipline for those about to embark upon their research, the experienced Ottomanist will find much that is original and provocative in its sophisticated interpretation of the field. An innovative approach to history, educating students in the field of research through analysis of the techniques and an understanding of the sources.Faroqhi is one of the most important scholars in the field, and a Press author of long-standing. Book is accessibly written, styled and structured: student accessories include reading lists at the end of each chapter and a carefully chosen bibliography of appropriate sources.

“…an excellent choice for undergraduate classes in such subjects as cultural studies, historiography, and historical sociology. In any field of history, the appearance of such an innovative primer on method would be regarded as a signal pedagogical event. For Ottoman studies, suspended between philology and post-colonial theory, the production of a text of such charm, candor, and utility is nothing short of miraculous.” MESA Bulletin

Approaching Ottoman History. An Introduction to the Sources
by Suraiya Faroqhi
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (May 31, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0521666481
ISBN-13: 978-0521666480

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April 22, 2007 at 12:08 pm

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Sacred: World Faiths Brought to Book

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Sacred. This groundbreaking exhibition brings together some of the world’s most important and beautiful religious texts for the first time. Exquisite and rare examples of Jewish, Christian and Muslim sacred texts from the Library’s collections will be presented alongside treasures on loan from other institutions in a unique and compelling modern context.

Sacred marks the first time that sacred texts from these three faiths will have been displayed and explored together, side by side, in a major UK exhibition. The British Library is one of the world’s great treasure-houses for the study of all religions. For Islam, over 300 manuscripts of the Holy Qur’an from all parts of the Muslim world from Spain to China, including one of the oldest surviving copies in the world (from Mecca or Medina, eighth century), as well as commentaries, works on recitation and other Qur’anic sciences, a very large collection of Hadith manuscripts containing the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, as well as a comprehensive collection of Islamic law texts.

Sacred: World Faiths Brought to Book, British Library, London, 27 April – 23 September 2007

The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7332
email: Visitor-Services@bl.uk

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April 22, 2007 at 10:20 am

Posted in Exhibitions

Tarih Vakfi – The History Foundation Istanbul

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The History Foundation is a non-governmental organization working in the public interest with the objective of developing and extending history consciousness in Turkey. It aims at enriching and lending a new content to the way in which people regard history and at encouraging the conservation of the historical heritage with a deep-rooted sensitivity and active participation of wide sections of the population.

The Economic and Social History Foundation of Turkey is an organization based on the joint initiative of a group of intellectuals of various backgrounds and professions, most of them being historians and social scientists. It was founded by 264 prominent intellectuals in September 1991 followinga call by the Foundation Initiative Committee formed in late 1990.

The History Foundation differs from the great majority of foundations in Turkey in the manner of its establishment and structure. It is a non-governmental organization completely independent of the state and is not backed by any political party, wealthy family or business group. Its initial capital was made of small contributions by its founders. Today, in addition to the revenues from various projects and publications, the History Foundation continues to depend on the generous support of its founders and members.

The History Foundation provides library, archival and bibliographical services through its Information-Documentation Centre (IDC) open daily from 10:00 – 17:00, which specializes in the field of history of the economic and social structure of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries. The centre located at Eminönü, Istanbul, was sponsored by the Municipality of Greater Istanbul, IBM-Turkey; Yapi Merkezi and Zeytinoglu Holding at the initial stages, and by EGSBank in 1999.

The Centre houses one of the richest archives on economic and social history and the daily life of the alte period of the Ottoman Republic as well as the Turkish Republic. Having over 25,000 books and more than 1,300 periodicals, it is open to researchers every weekday. Its holdings also include 20,000 slides, photographs, maps and posters, 1,200 documentary films and video tapes, 130 audio tapes, 700 audio cassettes, hundreds of iconographic materials and 140 shelf-meters of files of documents. Among this archive, the largest book collections have been donated by Necmeddin Sahir Silan, Faik Resit Unat, Sami Nabi Özerdim, Orhan Tuna, Marmara Belediyeler ve Bogazlar Birligi, Ilhami Soysal, Ertugrul Kayihan-Vecdi Seyhun, Arslan Kaynardag, Volkan Ünal, Samet Agaoglu, Ayse Erzan, Hulusi Dosdogru, Talat Halman, Fatma Rezzan Hürmen, Saban Yildiz and Bedi Yazici.

Postal adress:
Tarih Vakfi – History Foundation
Barbaros Bulvari Yildiz Sarayi Arabacilar Dairesi
34349 Besiktas – Istanbul/Turkey
Phone : +90 212 227 37 33 – 227 37 34
Fax : +90 212 227 37 32
E-mail : tarihvakfi@tarihvakfi.org.tr
www.tarihvakfi.org.tr

THE INFORMATION DOCUMENTATION CENTER
Zindankapı Değirmen Sokak No:15
Eminönü – İstanbul/ Turkey
Phone: + 90 (0) 212 513 52 35
Faks: + 90 (0) 212 513 21 77
email: tarihvakfi@tarihvakfi.org.tr
www.tarihvakfi.org.tr

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April 22, 2007 at 8:31 am