Sep 30, 2012

Osmanlı İmparatorluğu ve Yeni Askeri Tarihçilik

Kahraman Şakul

Türkçe yaptığımız ilk podcastimizde Kahraman Şakul ile Yeni Askeri Tarih üzerine konuşuyoruz. Aynı zamanda genel bir literatür değerlendirmesini de içeren bu podcastimizde, Yrd. Doç. Dr. Şakul bize Osmanlı tarihyazımında görece ihmal edilmiş bir alan olan Askeri Tarihin sadece savaş ve seferlerin tarihi olmadığını belirterek, verdiği çeşitli örneklerle bu tarihin sosyal, ekonomik ve kültürel boyutlarını gözler önüne seriyor.

Military history is more than just writing about battles and strategy. It involves examining social, economic, and cultural issues as well. In our first Turkish language podcast, Kahraman Şakul explains why a new approach to military history of the Ottoman Empire--a relatively neglected field as of late--can both enrich and be enriched by other areas of social history, and he provides a historiographical overview of the new kind of military history.



Osmanlı Askeri Tarihi üzerine uzmanlaşan Dr. Kahraman Şakul İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi Tarih Bölümü'nde Yrd. Doç. olarak görev yapmaktadır (academia.edu)
Yeniçağ Akdeniz ve Osmanlı Imparatorluğu Tarihi üzerine uzmanlaşan Dr. Emrah Safa Gürkan Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi Tarih Bölümü'nde ders vermektedir (academia.edu)
Yakınçağ Orta Doğu Tarihi çalışan Chris Gratien Georgetown Üniversitesi'nde doktora yapmaktadır (academia.edu)

Select Bibliography

Kahraman Şakul, "Yeni Askeri Tarihçilik," Toplumsal Tarih, 198 (Haziran 2010) 31-36.

John A. Lynn, “The Embattled Future of Academic Military History”, The Journal of Military History, vol. 61, no. 4 (October 1997), s. 778-82.

Gábor Ágoston, Guns for the Sultan: Military Power and the Weapons Industry in the Ottoman Empire (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005), Türkçe çevirisi: Barut, Top ve Tüfek : Osmanlı İmparatorluğu'nun Askeri Gücü ve Silah Sanayisi, çev. Tanju Akad (İstanbul: Kitap Yayınevi, 2006)

Rhoads Murphey, Ottoman Warfare, 1500-1700 (London: UCL Press, 1999), Türkçe çevirisi: Osmanlı'da Ordu ve Savaş, 1500-1700, çev. Tanju Akad (İstanbul: Homer Kitabevi, 2007); Karen Barkey, Bandits and Bureaucrats: the Ottoman Route to State Centralization (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1997), Türkçe çevirisi: Eşkiyalar ve Devlet: Osmanlı Tarzı Devlet Merkezileşmesi, çev. Zeynep Altok (İstanbul : Tarih Vakfı Yurt Yayınları, 1999)

Virginia H. Aksan, Ottoman Wars 1700-1870: an Empire Besieged (Harlow: Longman/Pearson, 2007), Türkçe çevirisi: Kuşatılmış Bir İmparatorluk: Osmanlı Harpleri, 1700-1870, çev. Gül Çağalı Güven (İstanbul: Türkiye İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları, 2010)

Geoffrey Parker, The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500-1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999)

Mehmet Yaşar Ertaş, Sultan’ın Ordusu: Mora Fethi Örneği 1714-1716 (İstanbul: Yeditepe Yayınları, 2007)

Hakan Yıldız, Haydi Osmanlı Sefere: Prut Seferi'nde Organizasyon ve Lojistik (İstanbul: Türkiye İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları, 2006)

Kemal Beydilli, “İlk Mühendislerimizden Seyyid Mustafa ve Nizam-ı Cedid’e Dair Risalesi”, Tarih Enstitüsü Dergisi, XIII (1983-87)

Sep 24, 2012

Women Literati and Ottoman Intellectual Culture

with Didem Havlioğlu 

hosted by Chris Gratien and Emrah Safa Gürkan 
This episode is part of a series on Women, Gender, and Sex in Ottoman history

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While almost all of the well-known authors of the Ottoman period are men, women also participated in Ottoman intellectual circles as authors and artists. In this podcast, Didem Havlioğlu describes the world of early modern Ottoman intellectuals and discusses how we can study the cultural of production of women within this context.



Didem Havlioğlu is an Assistant Professor of Turkish Literature at Istanbul Şehir University (see academia.edu)
Emrah Safa Gürkan is a recent Ph.D. from the department of history at Georgetown University specializing in the early modern Mediterranean and Ottoman Empire (see academia.edu)
Chris Gratien is a PhD candidate studying the history of the modern Middle East at Georgetown University (see academia.edu)

Episode No. 71
Release date: 24 September 2012
Location: Istanbul Şehir University
Editing and Production by Chris Gratien


Citation: "Women Literati and Ottoman Intellectual Culture," Didem Havlioğlu, Chris Gratien and Emrah Safa Gürkan, Ottoman History Podcast, No. 71 (September 24, 2012) http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2012/09/women-literati-and-ottoman-intellectual.html

Image: Osman Hamdi Bey, "Mihrap"

Select Bibliography

Havlioğlu, Didem. "On the margins and between the lines: Ottoman women poets from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries," Turkish Historical Review, 1 (2010) 25-54.

Andrews, Walter G. and Mehmet Kalpaklı, The Age of Beloveds: Love and the Beloved in Early-Modern Ottoman and European Culture and Society (Durham: Duke University Press, 2005).

Behar, Cem. Aşk olmayınca meşk olmaz: geleneksel Osmanlı/Türk müziğinde öğretim ve intikal. İstanbul: Yapı Kredi Yayınları, 1998.

Tys-Şenocak, L. Ottoman Women Builders: The Architectural Patronage of Hadice Turhan Sultan (Burlington: Ashgate, 2006).

Kızıltan, Mübeccel, “Divan Edebiyatı Özelliklerine Uyarak Șiir Yazan Kadın Şairler” (1994).

Sep 16, 2012

Ecology and Empire in Ottoman Egypt | Alan Mikhail

70. Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt

Ottoman life was deeply embedded in the countryside and rural production, and thus, issues of irrigation and ecology surrounding the production of staple food crops ranked high on the list of imperial concerns. In this episode, Alan Mikhail explains the ecological history of the relationship between the Ottoman Empire and its breadbasket in Egypt, and explores other issues related to the nascent field of Middle East environmental history.


Alan Mikhail is an Assistant Professor of History at Yale University
Emrah Safa Gürkan is a recent Ph.D. from the department of history at Georgetown University specializing in the early modern Mediterranean and Ottoman Empire (see academia.edu)
Chris Gratien is a PhD candidate studying the history of the modern Middle East at Georgetown University (see academia.edu)

Citation: "Ecology and Empire: An Environmental History of Egypt and the Ottoman State," Alan Mikhail, Chris Gratien, and Emrah Safa Gürkan, Ottoman History Podcast, No. 70 (September 16, 2012) http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2012/09/ecology-and-empire-environmental.html

Episode Music: Oum Kalthoum - Hawwalna Magra al-Neel (حولنا مجرى النيل)

This song entitled "We Changed the Course of the Nile" was recorded by Egypt's most prominent singer Oum Kalthoum to celebrate the completion of the Aswan Dam and the achievements of the Nasserist state. The chorus of the song, "We changed the course of the Nile, wow what a transformation!," and the verses relating to the perspective impacts stress the importance of the event as a momentous departure in the history of Egypt, yet as we have shown in the podcast, Egyptian peasants were changing the course of the Nile, albeit in more subtle ways that nonetheless equally changed the course of Ottoman history.

Select Bibliography

Mikhail, Alan. Nature and empire in Ottoman Egypt : an environmental history. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Mikhail, Alan. Water on Sand: Environmental Histories of the Middle East and North Africa. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Mitchell, Timothy. Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

Tvedt, Terje. The River Nile in the Age of the British Political Ecology and the Quest for Economic Power. London: I.B. Tauris, 2004.

Faroqhi, Suraiya. Animals and People in the Ottoman Empire. Istanbul: Eren, 2010.

Sep 6, 2012

Palestine: The History of a Name | Zachary J. Foster

68. Filistin

Conventional wisdom on the history of nationalism tells us that nations are of recent construction, and this has often been the case within the historiography of the modern Middle East. With the example of Palestine, some have denied the significance of such a name or notion before the nineteenth century. Yet, sources from throughout the Ottoman period are full of references to a place called Palestine (Filistin). In this episode, Zach Foster explores the continuity of Palestine as a geographical construct throughout the Ottoman period and the changes in the significance and limits of this territorial designation.




Zachary J. Foster is a Ph.D student in the Near East Studies Department at Princeton University, focusing on the modern Middle East
Chris Gratien is a PhD candidate studying the history of the modern Middle East at Georgetown University (see academia.edu)

Citation: "Ottoman Palestine: The History of a Name." Zachary J. Foster and Chris Gratien. Ottoman History Podcast, No. 68 (September 6, 2012) http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2012/09/ottoman-palestine-history-of-name.html.

Select Bibliography

Doumani, Beshara, “Rediscovering Ottoman Palestine: Writing Palestinians into History.” Journal of Palestine Studies 21(2) (1992): 5-28

Doumani, Beshara, Rediscovering Palestine: Merchants and Peasants in Jabal Nablus, 1700-1900 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995)

Gerber, Haim, “‘Palestine’ and Other Territorial Concepts in the 17th Century.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 30 (1998): 563-572

Gerber, Haim, Remembering and Imagining Palestine: Identity and Nationalism from the Crusaders to the Present (New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

Khalidi, Rashid, Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997)

 Lewis, Bernard, “Palestine: On the History and Geography of a Name,” International History Review 2 (1980): 1-12

Porath, Yehoshua, “The Political Awakening of the Palestinian Arabs and their Leadership Towards the End of the Ottoman Period,” in Studies on Palestine During the Ottoman Period, Moshe Ma‘oz (ed.) (Jerusalem: The Magness, Press, 1986), 351-381.

Music: Rim Banna - Lah al-Qamar (لاح القمر)