Architecture

Authored by: Zeynep Çelik

THE ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF MODERN TURKEY

Print publication date:  June  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415558174
eBook ISBN: 9780203118399
Adobe ISBN: 9781136309649

10.4324/9780203118399.ch12

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Abstract

The beginnings of a history of architecture in the Ottoman Empire date from the late nineteenth century and carry political overtones. Intertwined with a search for an imperial image that was modern, distinct, and glorious, the early texts were responses to European discourses that theorized “Islamic” and “Ottoman” art and architecture. They argued for “scientific” rules in Ottoman architecture, paralleling the broader post-Tanzimat agendas.

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