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By Selen B. Morkoç

It's broadly permitted that records on Ottoman architects are infrequent and that little is understood concerning the architectural perform within the Ottoman international. a gaggle of texts that experience seemed among 16th and eighteenth centuries, despite the fact that, shape an exception to this common assumption. whereas those texts were stated and mentioned in assorted earlier reports on Ottoman structure, they've got no longer been the subject of a big interpretative strategy sooner than. A learn of Ottoman Narratives on structure: textual content, Context and Hermeneutics is the 1st interpretive and comparative study monograph to add those texts as its major subject matter. this is often the 1st translation of those works that contextualizes and translates their value in English.

The first textual content is a gaggle of 5 files that date again to the 16th century. They contain memoirs and construction lists written in prose and verse which belonged to widespread Ottoman architect Sinan. the second one textual content was once written lower than the impact of the 1st workforce of records and is in an identical structure. It contains a memoir devoted to Sedefkar Mehmed Aga, who labored because the leader imperial architect within the 17th century, and in addition offers info on architectural phrases and makes comparisons among structure and tune. The 3rd textual content isn't the same as the 1st : it's a monograph concerning the Selimiye Mosque written in prose within the eighteenth century by means of Dayezade Mustafa, who was once an entire outsider to structure. whereas the 3 texts have particularly diverse ancient and thematic contexts their element in universal is their rendering of structure via narratives. From a hermeneutical standpoint, the ebook compares narratives of the texts with modern historiography on Ottoman structure.

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66 It is difficult to provide genera! information about the system of the corps of royal architects because the organisation changed over time. In her recent work on Sinan, Necipoglu gives a very detailed account of the corps of royal architects as it existed in the sixteenth century. 67 Necipoglu notes that in the sixteenth century some trainees in workshops grouped near the storehouse at the left side of the palace's first court were promoted to the corps of royal architects. She also observes that in Sinan's time two official seats of the storehouse were the city prefect {$ehremini) and the chief architect (mi 'marba$i).

73 While still a janissary, Sinan was appointed to the head of the corps of imperial architects from outside the corps. It is clear from the historical documents that his talents in architecture and construction were highly regarded. P. Environmental Design: Journal of the Islamic Environmental Design Research Centre I, no. 2 (1987): 98. Also see Orhan Erdenen. "Osmanlilar'da Mimariik Teskifati". Hayat Tarih Mecmuasi (1966): 45-52. 1 Necipoglu, "Plans and Models in 15th and 16th Century Ottoman Architectural Practise", 224.

In the inscription on Bliytikcekmece Bridge, the only signed construction, his name is written as Yusuf b. Abdullah. Necipoglu presumes that his full name must have been Yusuf Sinan or Yusuf Sinanuddin. It is known that during the Ottoman period those who were conscripted and who changed their religion to Islam were given names such as Abdullah, Abdurrahman, Abdulmennan which mean 'servant of God', Yapilar Kitabi, 38,90. , Mimar Sinan and Tezkiretii 'l-Biinyan, 53. Necipoglu, The Age of Sinan: Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire, 129-132.

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