INTRODUCTION TO OTTOMAN EPIGRAPHY INFO: Intensive Graduate Summer Program surveying Ottoman Inscriptions DATES: 21.07.2014 – 08.08.2014 PROGRAM CONTENT Ottoman inscriptions, despite their abundance and value as historical records, have been underused in historical studies. One area of exception is early Ottoman historiography, which, due to the scarcity of other written sources from this period, has relied on epigraphy to reconstruct the mindset and motivations of early Ottomans and comment on the nature of the early Ottoman state. The aim of this three-week course is to train a new generation of Ottomanists to make use of these valuable historical sources. This course will offer a broad chronological survey of Ottoman inscriptions, from the earliest Ottoman inscriptions through the nineteenth century. Combining lectures, thematic explorations, homework assignments, and seminar presentations, the course will feature numerous guided site visits throughout Istanbul. Students will also have the chance to visit Bursa and Edirne to study inscriptions of critical historical importance in situ. As a collaboration between Koç University and the University of Chicago, the course will take place at the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, located in Beyoğlu in the heart of Istanbul. Classes will meet five days per week (Monday - Friday), with the two trips to İznik/Bursa and Edirne on weekdays of the second and third weeks. The course has two thematically divided sections. Morning sessions offer a chronological survey of the development of Ottoman inscriptions and historical problems connected to them starting with the earliest examples in Anatolia. Afternoon classes will be designed around specific themes and will be conducted on site in various locations in Istanbul. The course will be jointly taught by Hakan Karateke, Associate Professor of Ottoman and Turkish Culture, Language, and Literature, and Cornell Fleischer, Kanuni Süleyman Professor of Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies, both from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. In order to maintain an intimate setting and provide participants with better exposure and opportunities to learn, the course will be limited to 12 students. The objectives of the course include mastery of the methodologies used to study epigraphic material and experience with reading, interpreting, and preparing inscriptions for publication. Introduction to Ottoman Epigraphy is designed for graduate students with advanced knowledge of Ottoman Turkish. A working knowledge of Arabic will be necessary to analyze early Ottoman inscriptions. All texts and readings will be provided as electronic copies free of charge. Course Outline WEEK 1 July 21, Monday 9:15-12:30 • Introduction • First known inscriptions in Anatolia in Turkish: Kütahya: Yakub Çelebi medrese inscription 2:00-5:00 • Kütahya: Yakub Çelebi medrese inscription (cont’d) July 22, Tuesday 9:15-12:30 • Kütahya: Yakub Çelebi medrese inscription (cont’d) 2:00-5:00 • Merkez Efendi Tekke cemetery: A Halveti lodge of dervishes July 23, Wednesday 9:15-12:30 • First known Ottoman inscriptions: Bursa: Orhan Gazi mosque • First known ttoman inscriptions: Bursa: ehadet mos ue • İznik: Hacı Zeynel mos ue … Free afternoon for preparing assignments July 24, Thursday 9:15-12:30 • Bursa: Umur Bey mosque foundation 2:00-5:00 • Topkapı Palace: Inscriptions at the gates July 25, Friday 9:15-12:30 • Topkapı Palace: Collections at the museum 2:00-5:00 • Guest lecture WEEK 2 July 28, Monday 9:15-12:30 • Presentations 1-3 • Bursa: Umur Bey mos ue foundation (cont’d) 2:00-5:00 • Tophane: Various inscriptions July 29, Tuesday 9:15-12:30 • Presentations 4-6 • The inscription of Hacı Bektaş dervish lodge • Samsun: The inscription of the fortress 2:00-5:00 • Süleymaniye - Beyazıt: Various inscriptions July 30, Wednesday 9:15-12:30 • Presentations 7-9 • Selanik: The Inscription of Seven Towers and other early inscriptions with a tughra 2:00-5:00 • Guest lecture July 31, Thursday İZNİK — BURSA TRIP Bus leaves for İznik at 10:00 am August 1, Friday BURSA Bus leaves for Istanbul at 7:00 pm WEEK 3 August 4, Monday 9:15-12:30 • Presentations 10-12 • The inscription of Sultan Osman II dedicated to the Poland campaign of 1621 2:00-5:00 • Beşiktaş: Yahya Efendi Cemetery August 5, Tuesday 2:00-5:00 • Edirne: Soup kitchen (1399), and other inscriptions … Free afternoon for preparing assignments August 6, Wednesday 9:15-12:30 • Edirne inscriptions (cont’d) • Databases for Islamic inscriptions • Üsküdar: 18th century constructions: Fountains and other civil buildings 2:00-5:00 • Guest lecture August 7, Thursday EDİRNE TRIP Bus leaves for Edirne at 7:00 am and return for Istanbul after 7:00 pm same day August 8, Friday 11:00-12:30 • A curious observer of inscriptions: Evliya Çelebi • A curious compiler of inscription texts: Hüseyin Ayvansarayi • Multi-lingual inscriptions 2:00-5:00 • In the footsteps of Evliya Çelebi and Hüseyin Ayvansarayi: Fatih, Balat.