Sex, Love, and Worship in Classical Ottoman Texts

with Selim Kuru 

hosted by Chris Gratien and Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano 

This episode is part of a series on Women, Gender, and Sex in Ottoman history

Download the series
Podcast Feed | iTunes | Soundcloud


Historians have used classical Ottoman texts to explore social issues such as sexuality, with compiled manuscripts from various literary genres often forming a data-mine for historical information. However, this type of selective reading has often distorted or obscured the original meaning and context of literary works. Sometimes, texts that appear erotic or sexual in nature such as gazel could have been intended for an entirely different purpose. In this episode, Dr. Selim Kuru examines the concepts of mahbub peresti (worship of the beloved) and gulâm pâregi (pederasty) and various motifs concerning male beauty in the shehrengiz (Gibb's "city-thrillers") genre in search of a more contextualized approach these would-be erotic texts.

Stream via Soundcloud (preferred / US)



Selim Kuru is a Professor of Ottoman and Turkish studies at University of Washington in Seattle (see academia.edu)
Chris Gratien is a PhD candidate studying the history of the modern Middle East at Georgetown University (see academia.edu)
Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano is a PhD student at University of Washington in Seattle studying Ottoman history and literature

Episode No. 62
Release date: 1 August 2012
Location: Ottoman Summer School, Cunda, Turkey
Editing and Production by Chris Gratien

Citation: "Sex, Love, and Worship in Classical Ottoman Texts." Selim Kuru, Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano, and Chris Gratien. Ottoman History Podcast, No. 62 (August 1, 2012) http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2012/08/boys-god-and-beauty-approaching-sex-and.html.



Select Bibliography:






Music: Ali Avaz - Şeker Oğlan

Comments


Ottoman History Podcast is a noncommerical website intended for educational use. Anyone is welcome to use and reproduce our content with proper attribution under the terms of noncommercial fair use within the classroom setting or on other educational websites. All third-party content is used either with express permission or under the terms of fair use. Our page and podcasts contain no advertising and our website receives no revenue. Commercial use of our material is strictly prohibited, as it violates not only our noncommercial commitment but also the rights of third-party content owners.

We make efforts to completely cite all secondary sources employed in the making of our episodes and properly attribute third-party content such as images from the web. If you feel that your material has been improperly used or incorrectly attributed on our site, please do not hesitate to contact us.