Aug 21, 2011

The History and Transformation of Eyüp | Timur Hammond

The urban history of Istanbul has long been a favorite topic of Ottoman historians, but more recently the history of neighborhoods has emerged as a way of understanding social change in ways that can challenge or confirm larger narratives. In this podcast, Timur Hammond explains the ways in which Eyüp, a peripheral but important neighborhood of Istanbul, has evolved through the centuries as it has been both consciously and unconsciously recreated as an "Islamic space."

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Timur Hammond is a PhD candidate in the Geography department at UCLA studying the social and cultural geography of modern Turkey
Chris Gratien is a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University researching the social and environmental history of the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East. (see

Episode No. 34
Release Date: 21 August 2011
Location: Üsküdar, Istanbul
Editing and Production: Chris Gratien
Musical excerpt: Güçlü Soydemir - Eyüp Sultan
Bibliography courtesy of Timur Hammond

This episode is part of our series on Urban Space in the Ottoman World

Select Bibliography:

Çelik, Zeynep. The Remaking of Istanbul: Portrait of an Ottoman City in the Nineteenth Century. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1986.

Gül, Murat. The Emergence of Modern Istanbul: Transformation and Modernisation of a City. London; New York: Tauris Academic Studies, 2009.

Kafescioğlu, Çiğdem. Constantinopolis/Istanbul: Cultural Encounter, Imperial Vision, and the Construction of the Ottoman Capital. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2009.

Kamil, Melih, Zeynep Nayir, H. Şener, F. Yürekli, and H. Yürekli. "The Eyüp Conservation Area." In Conservation as Cultural Survival, edited by Renata Holod, 50-52. Philadelphia: The Agha Khan Award for Architecture, 1980.

Keyder, Çağlar, ed. Istanbul: Between the Global and the Local. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.

Keyder, Çağlar. "A Brief History of Modern Istanbul." In The Cambridge History of Turkey, edited by Reşat Kasaba, 504-23. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Mills, Amy. Streets of Memory: Landscape, Tolerance, and National Identity in Istanbul. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2010.

Behar, Cem. A Neighborhood in Ottoman Istanbul: Fruit Vendors and Civil Servants in the Kasap İlya Mahalle. Albany: SUNY Press, 2003.

Aug 17, 2011

Earthquakes in Istanbul: Past Disasters and Anticipation of Future Risk | Elizabeth Angell

33. Under the Skin of the City.

Istanbul has a long recorded history of large earthquakes, and unfortunately, many of the buildings constructed during the city's recent expansion are not equipped to withstand a large quake. Thus, the issue of retrofitting buildings to survive earthquakes as well as the development of emergency response services have become major concerns for many of the city's residents, particularly in the wake of the 1999 İzmit earthquake. In this episode of the Ottoman History Podcast, Elizabeth Angell discusses Istanbul's seismic past, it's current state of earthquake preparedness, and the ways in which people and organizations are evaluating and responding to risk.

This podcast is released at 3:02 AM EET on August 17 to coincide with the annual observance of the 1999 quake's anniversary.

Elizabeth Angell is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University researching earthquake anticipation in Istanbul
Chris Gratien is a PhD student studying the history of the modern Middle East at Georgetown University (see
Nicholas Danforth is a PhD student studying the history of modern Turkey at Georgetown University (see

Select Bibliography:

Ambraseys, Nicholas Nicholas, and Caroline Finkel (1995). The Seismicity of Turkey and Adjacent Areas: A Historical Review, 1500-1800. Istanbul: Eren.

Barka, Aykut, and Ali Er (2002). Depremini Bekleyen Şehir İstanbul. İstanbul: Om Yayınevi.

Bein, Amit (2008). “The Istanbul Earthquake of 1894 and Science in the Late Ottoman Empire.” Middle Eastern Studies 44 (6): 909-924.

Gavrilis, George (2001). “Covering Disasters, Natural or Otherwise: Media, Politics, and the Public Sphere in Post-Earthquake Turkey.” New Perspectives on Turkey 24: 141-164.

Green, Rebekah A. (2008). "Unauthorized Development and Seismic Hazard Vulnerability: a Study of Squatters and Engineers in Istanbul, Turkey," Disasters 32 (3): 358-376.