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Unusual readers in early modern Istanbul manuscript notes of janissaries and other riff-raff on popular heroic narratives

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dc.contributor.author Aydınlı, Elif Sezer
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-06T13:18:49Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-06T13:18:49Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Aydınlı, Elif Sezer. (2018). Unusual readers in early modern Istanbul manuscript notes of janissaries and other riff-raff on popular heroic narratives. Journal of Islamic Manuscripts. 9(2-3), pp. 109-131. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1878-4631
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11498/55986
dc.description.abstract New social groups such as janissaries, artisans, madrasa students, and 'middle-class' bureaucrats have gradually increased their visibility in the social, cultural, and literary landscape of early modern Ottoman Istanbul. Scholars have discussed this new visibility, among others, by observing official regulations, contemporary Ottoman chronicles and travel accounts, artistic and architectural transformation, diversification of literary genres, and the socio-economic background of their writers. In this article, I offer another modest and intimate first-hand source for elucidating the habitus of these new urban agents: Visual and written notes on the manuscripts of popular storybooks dating from the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Thanks to these notes on hundreds of manuscripts, we learn about political standings, literary tastes, codes of identity formation, the ways of self-depiction, social networks, and emotions of Ottoman individuals. By focusing in particular on the notes and doodles of Janissaries on popular heroic narratives, I argue that the gesture of taking notes and drawing symbols on a manuscript is a way of taking a stance against the political, religious, and literary authorities. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brill Academic Publishers en_US
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1163/1878464X-00902002 en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/embargoedAccess en_US
dc.subject Istanbul (Turkey)--History en_US
dc.subject Janissaries en_US
dc.subject Manuscript en_US
dc.subject İstanbul (Türkiye)--Tarih en_US
dc.subject Yençeriler en_US
dc.subject El Yazmaları en_US
dc.title Unusual readers in early modern Istanbul manuscript notes of janissaries and other riff-raff on popular heroic narratives en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Islamic Manuscripts en_US
dc.contributor.department İstanbul Şehir University. College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Department of History. en_US
dc.identifier.volume 9 en_US
dc.identifier.issue 2-3 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 131 en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 109 en_US


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