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Another Mirror for Princes , 1st Edition by Suraiya Faroqhi

By Suraiya Faroqhi

This ebook is a suite of essays on Ottoman background, concentrating on how sultans of the Ottoman Empire have been considered through the general public.

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2 Abdi, 1730, p. 42. 3 �m'dini'-zAde, $em'dlinf-z{ide Ftndtkltlt Siileyman Efendi Tllrihi, vol. I, p. 44. de, $em'd4nf-z&le Ftndrkltlt Siileyman Efendi Tllrihi, vol. I. p. 13. de, Sem'dlinf-z&Je Fmdtkltlt SiJieyman Efendi Tdrihi, vol. I, p. 13. However the author does not tell us how this policy was to be combined with the necessity of "listening to the words of the people" (p. 7). 2 Gulru NecipogJu, Architecture, Ceremonial and Power, The Topkapt Palace in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries (Cambridge MA: The Architectural History Foundation and MIT Press, 1991), pp.

2 Nurbanu Sultan had chosen a site cautious, prudent, inclined to copy his predecessors whenever he found something appropriate, but at the same time, a well-informed and conscientious observer of everyday life. 1 Our French visitor agreed with his Ottoman contemporaries that the Sultan Ahmed mosque was one of the most handsome i n the city, and then described the sequence of outer courtyard, portico and rectangular inner courtyard with its domes supported by marble columns. The garden praised by Evliya Celebi did not figure in his account, either because it had disappeared or because Thevenot had visited the mosque during the cold season.

1 2 For a synoptic overview 68 ANOTHER M I R R OR FOR P R I N C ES PRESENTING THE S ULTANS' POWER, GLORY AND PIETY Evliya's notions about appropriate sultanic practice seem to have conformed quite closely to what was really the custom in his own time. In the mid-seventeenth century great public foundation complexes were rarely built, even though smaller charities were still being established. Mustafa 'All had certainly been very critical of Murad III under whose rule he had lived for twenty years; yet among Ottoman authors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, he was rather exceptional i n this respect.

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