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Stuart Macintyre, Juan Maiguashca, and Attila Pók

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199533091.001.0001

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Late Ottoman and Early Republican Turkish Historical Writing1

Late Ottoman and Early Republican Turkish Historical Writing1

(p.559) Chapter 27 Late Ottoman and Early Republican Turkish Historical Writing1
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Cemal Kafadar

Hakan T. Karateke

Oxford University Press

This chapter notes that the Ottomans had a long tradition of composing biographical dictionaries, the scope of which ranged from poets to scholars. One such biographical dictionary for historians was compiled in 1843 by Mehmed Cemaleddin, an editor and proofreader at the Ottoman official gazette, ‘Taqvim-i veqayi’. This chapter states that the majority of Ottoman history writing was either directly commissioned by the court, or submitted to the statesmen from within the court circles in the hope of monetary or professional recognition. Before the 19th century, there was little scope for an historian in the region to write professionally and survive financially other than by writing under the patronage of a court member in Istanbul.

Keywords:   Ottomans, biographical dictionaries, Mehmed Cemaleddin, Taqvim-i veqayi, Ottoman history, Istanbul

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