The History and Transformation of Eyüp

with 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.


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