The Ottoman canon of historical writing and writing the history of Kanun in the sixteenth century

Whitting Room - Arts Building (Room 436)
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Thursday 1st February 2018 (17:15-18:30)
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The Centre’s General Seminar normally meets in the Whitting Room (436), 4th floor, Arts Building on Thursdays at 5.15pm (unless otherwise stated) and is open to all interested in the related concerns of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies.

  • Speaker: Christopher Markiewicz (Birmingham)

'The Ottoman canon of historical writing and writing the history of kanun in the sixteenth century'

In the fifteenth century, scholars across Islamic lands debated the nature of historical inquiry and its place among the sciences. Within Ottoman lands, such debate also led to an understanding of how historical writing—its conception, form, and function—might contribute directly to the development of an Ottoman imperial order, both in ideological terms and as a practical aspect of governance in the sixteenth century. This paper will introduce this fifteenth-century debate on the meaning and purpose of history and consider how this new understanding affected the emergence of one of the most salient feature of sixteenth-century Ottoman governance, namely dynastic law (kanun).