Exploring the Early Modern Ottoman World

Episode 361

with Max Bechtold, Haley Holmes, Matthew Nolan, Megan Rowlands, Tanya Skyba-Bartholomew, and Amber Volz

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In our final episode of Season 7, we feature four student contributions on life in the early modern Ottoman world. These student podcasts come from two university courses in which the podcast medium was integral as both course material and assignment: "Cities of the Sultans: Life in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire" (Michael Talbot, University of Greenwich) and "Podcasting the Ottomans" (Dana Sajdi, Boston College). Through these student podcasts, we explore how art and aesthetics figured into Ottoman engagements with their neighbors, and we go beyond the palace walls to explore facets of urban life in Ottoman cities.

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Matthew Nolan and Amber Volz, Suleyman's Crown [4:31]
Tanya Skyba-Bartholomew, The Mahalle (Neighborhood) [15:05]
Megan Rowlands, Guilds [25:33]
Max Bechtold and Haley Holmes, Quatrefoil Rug [37:23]

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To hear our interview with Dana Sajdi and her Boston College students about the podcast medium and the course "Podcasting the Ottomans," play the embedded SoundCloud file below

To hear our interview with Michael Talbot and his University of Greenwich students about the podcast medium and the course "Cities of the Sultans," play the embedded SoundCloud file below


Episode No. 361
Release Date: 30 April 2018
Thanks to Max Bechtold, Scott Henderson, Haley Holmes, Matthew Nolan, Megan Rowlands, Dana Sajdi, Tanya Skyba-Bartholomew, Michael Talbot, and Amber Volz
Music: Istanbul'dan Ayva Gelir Nar Gelir - Azize Tozem and Sari Recep; Katibim (Üsküdar'a Gider iken) - Safiye Ayla; Harmandali - Recep Efendi, Cemal Efendi ; Baglamamin Dugumu - Necmiye Ararat and Muzaffer
Special thanks to Kara Günes for "Istanbul"


Portrait of Suleyman the Magnificent, a profile bust wearing an elaborate crown with four tiers of goldwork and pearls. Engraving by Agostine Veneziano in 1535. https://mediakron.bc.edu/ottomans/objects/objects/suleymans-crown
Carpet from Ushak, Anatolia, circa the 16th Century. Source: Philadelphia Museum of Art. https://mediakron.bc.edu/ottomans/objects/quatrefoil-rug-1
The Doge's Palace. Source: Bridgeman Education Database. https://mediakron.bc.edu/ottomans/objects/quatrefoil-rug-1


Suleyman's Crown
Matthew Nolan

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New World Encyclopedia, s.v."Suleyman the Magnificent"

Necipoğlu, Gülru. 1989. "Süleyman the Magnificent and the Representation of Power in the Context of Ottoman-Hapsburg-Papal Rivalry". Art Bulletin / Ed. John Shapley [U.a.]. 401-427.

Ottoman Mahalles (Neighborhoods)
Tanya Skyba-Bartholomew

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(Accessed 6 December 2017).

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Tamil Taklamakan, 17th Century Ottoman Music by Dimitri Cantemir * 1673 (10 April 2012) Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeLwiIuMTHw
(Accessed 6 December 2017).

Megan Rowlands

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Levni, A., (1720) ‘Parade of the Guilds: Butchers, Cooks, and Tanners’ in Sûrname-I Vehbi. Miniature paintings. http://web.archive.org/web/20110910083942/http://www.kanyak.com/surname-i-vehbi/images.html

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Sultan Murad IV, Faith-I Bağdat. Youtube. Kalan Müzik, 1999.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha-rLE5MnAM

Quatrefoil Rug
Max Bechtold

Denny, Walter B. How to Read Islamic Carpets. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014.

Isom-Verhaaren, Christine. Allies with the Infidel: The Ottoman and French Alliance in the Sixteenth Century. London: I.B. Tauris, 2013.

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