Geographical Knowledge and Imperial Culture in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Geographical Knowledge and Imperial Culture in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire

1st Edition

By Pinar Emiralioglu


210 pages

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Exploring the reasons for a flurry of geographical works in the Ottoman Empire in the sixteenth century, this study analyzes how cartographers, travellers, astrologers, historians and naval captains promoted their vision of the world and the centrality of the Ottoman Empire in it. It proposes a new case study for the interconnections among empires in the period, demonstrating how the Ottoman Empire shared political, cultural, economic, and even religious conceptual frameworks with contemporary and previous world empires.


'This book deserves attention both for its theoretical sophistication and for the extraordinary variety of its sources. By bringing together maps and travel narratives with works of cosmography, administrative documents, and even poetry, Emiralioglu has forged an innovative and thought-provoking framework for understanding the Ottomans' views of the world and their own place within it.' Giancarlo Casale, author of The Ottoman Age of Exploration 'Pınar Emiralioglu’s new book skillfully weaves together an analysis of sixteenth-century geographical and cartographical texts in Ottoman Turkish and a synthesis of scholarly work on Ottoman and other early modern imperial cultures.' American Historical Review ’…EmiralioÄŸlu’s book opens a new understanding into Ottoman geographical and cartographical tradition and has the potential of being a source of inspiration for furthering researches on the topic.’ Studies in Ottoman Science

About the Author

M. Pinar Emiralioglu is Associate Professor of History at Sam Houston State University, USA.

About the Series

Transculturalisms, 1400-1700

This series presents studies of the early modern contacts and exchanges among the states, polities and entrepreneurial organizations of Europe; Asia, including the Levant and East India/Indies; Africa; and the Americas. Books investigate travellers, merchants and cultural inventors, including explorers, mapmakers, artists and writers, as they operated in political, mercantile, sexual and linguistic economies. We encourage authors to reflect on their own methodologies in relation to issues and theories relevant to the study of transculturism/translation and transnationalism. We are particularly interested in work on and from the perspective of the Asians, Africans, and Americans involved in these interactions, and on such topics as:

-Material exchanges, including textiles, paper and printing, and technologies of knowledge

-Movements of bodies: embassies, voyagers, piracy, enslavement

-Travel writing: its purposes, practices, forms and effects on writing in other genres

-Belief systems: religions, philosophies, sciences

-Translations: verbal, artistic, philosophical

-Forms of transnational violence and its representations.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century