The Series feature of Ottoman History Podcast is aimed at curating collections of episodes that withstand the test of time. These series are organized around particular historiographical themes that are either essential or innovative within the study of the Ottoman Empire. Episodes are selected on the basis of their popularity, critical response, and contribution to the development of an important scholarly question, and the series are framed to be of special value to students or social scientists that study other regions of the world.

These series are continually updated as new episodes enter the catalog. Please leave a comment or contact us if there is a particular series you would like to see on the podcast in the future.

Urban Space in the Ottoman World
curated by Chris Gratien and Kalliopi Amygdalou

"Urban Space in the Ottoman World" is a running series of podcasts dedicated to the history of Istanbul and other Ottoman cities. It explores the socioeconomic and cultural history of urban settings in the Ottoman Empire, examining unique aspects of Ottoman cities as well as parallels between urban spaces in the Ottoman world and elsewhere. This series takes listeners outside of the palace to live the experiences of a wide range of social classes, dabble in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Ottoman Istanbul, and understand how people felt about the urban environment and used architecture and urban space as a means of political and cultural expression.

History of Science, Ottoman or Otherwise
curated by Nir Shafir

"History of Science, Ottoman or Otherwise" introduces the research of scholars challenging the traditional story of science in the Ottoman Empire. Setting aside the long held assumptions of the passive recipient of European science or of a golden age stymied by religious obscurantism, these podcasts explore how the Muslims understood nature in their own terms. Some examine topics and actors traditionally regarded as outside the bounds of science, such as alchemy, while others reveal connections to broader worlds of intellectual exchange. Yet others situate seemingly cerebral sciences like astronomy or medicine in the everyday contexts of religion and charity. Together they reveal a new and vibrant intellectual world.

Women, Gender, and Sex in the Ottoman World
curated by Susanna Ferguson and Seçil Yılmaz

"Women, Gender, and Sex in the Ottoman World" is a series of podcasts that pulls together women’s history and the history of gender and sex in the Ottoman Empire and beyond. It explores the particular historical experiences of women and girls based on the conviction that returning the lives, experiences, and ideas of women to the historical record will change the way we look at historical periods and transformations at large. It also investigates the ways in which gender and sexuality can serve as useful categories of historical analysis (Scott, 1986) as they help us to better understand broad transformations in regimes of knowledge and politics, relations of property, forms of governance, and the nature of the state.

Continuity and Transformation in Islamic Law 
curated by Zoe Griffith and Hadi Hosainy

Law is a powerful lens for the study of the Ottoman Empire and the Islamic world. Bringing together diverse sources and new perspectives for legal history, this series explores law in and around the Ottoman Empire as a complex and capacious system underpinning the exercise of power inherent in all human relationships. Our presenters study the law to gain entry into the Ottoman household, exploring the relationships between husbands and wives, masters and slaves. Others use the legal system to understand the logic of the modernizing state, and the competing logics of its citizens, in shaping new forms of governance. Many of these podcasts explore the limits of Ottoman law, both externally at the borders of empire, and internally, at the margins of governable society. The underlying theme of this series is negotiation and compromise: between lawmakers and law-users, between theory and practice, between social body and individual experience. Individually and especially taken together, these podcasts take us far beyond the normative strictures of Shari’a to understand the role of law in diverse societies in the Ottoman Empire and beyond.

The Visual Past
curated by Emily Neumeier and Ünver Rüstem

"The Visual Past” showcases the latest research by scholars who explore the visual, spatial, and material culture that shaped the Ottoman world. The series will address not only objects, images, and calligraphy, but also works of architecture that were themselves contexts for other media. Before being designated historical landmarks or enshrined in museum displays, these rich artistic and architectural products constituted an intrinsic part of Ottoman life, intersecting with and affecting all levels of society. Episodes in this series investigate crucial issues about sight and seeing in the Ottoman Empire, including the power of the gaze, the depiction of human and animal imagery, and questions of style, aesthetics, and patronage. The series also explores transformations in technology that opened up new possibilities during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries for the popular dissemination of images through photographs, print media, and film.


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