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Ottoman Tulips, Ottoman Coffee: Leisure and Lifestyle in the Eighteenth Century
by Dana Sajdi
Tulips and coffee are defining cultural products of the Ottoman eighteenth century, along with their related institutions of palace and coffeehouse. These cultural products hold multiple meanings in the history and historiography of the period. They are associated with the daily life of common people and their sociabilities, on the one hand, and with the Ottoman court and ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 15th 2008 by Tauris Academic Studies
(first published January 1st 2007)
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A lame attempt to infuse early modern Ottoman history with cultural history. The intent is admirable, but the essays are really awful. They range from the potentially interesting (The First Ottoman Printing Enterprise) but ultimately meaningless to the truly terrible (circumcision ritual performance patriarchy penis empire). The one bright spot is the excellent essay on janissary-owned coffee houses as centers of sedition, Sufism, and swearing.