Tag: Ottomans

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Talk: ‘Prisoner of the Infidels: The Life and Adventures of Osman Ağa in 17th Century Europe’

Historian and author Giancarlo Casale will be an online talk about Osman Agha of Timişoara, or Osman Ağa of Temeşvar as Turks would say. Hosted by the Anglo-Turkish Society (ATS), Professor Casale puts the spotlight on this fascinating Ottoman military officer from the seventeenth century. In 1688, in the tumultuous aftermath of the failed Ottoman […]

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The day an Ottoman Prince came to visit Shacklewell Lane Mosque

It’s not every day that a prince comes to see you, but that’s exactly what happened one day in March, when His Royal Highness, Şehzade Orhan Osmanoğlu visited Shacklewell Lane Mosque in East London. A resident of Istanbul and the great grandson of Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II, Şehzade Orhan was making his first ever visit […]

Art
Rare Süleyman the Magnificent portrait fetches £5.3m at London auction

A portrait of Ottoman ruler Süleyman the Magnificent has been sold for more than £5.3 million at an auction in London. The 500-year-old painting went under the hammer on Wednesday, 1 May, for a total of £5,323,500. That was more than 15 times the initial estimate of £250,000 to £350,000, according to auction house Sotheby’s. […]

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Ottoman-era photos go online
 

Thousands of photos documenting the final decades of the Ottoman Empire have been made available online. The photographs, spanning the 19th and early 20th centuries, can now be studied and downloaded for free following a painstaking digitisation process by the US-based Getty Research Institute. The originals are held at the institute’s Pierre de Gigord Collection, […]

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An Ottoman history of vaccination
 

Vaccination, one of the most important medical discoveries in history, is the method of injecting a weakened form of an infection into the body to prevent getting the disease later in life. Our body meets the deactivated form of the virus or bacteria in the vaccination, builds up the immune system against it and is […]

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We Remember: Winston Churchill on Cyprus, Enosis and a “diplomatic fiction”

  110 years ago, Winston Churchill raged to the Liberal Cabinet about Great Britain’s “detestable oppression” towards Cyprus, claiming that the British Government’s treatment of the island “constituted a blemish upon Imperial policy of a peculiarly discreditable kind.” What did Churchill say about Enosis? What was the “maiming, crippling toll” he accused His Majesty’s Government […]

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Whose heritage is it?
 

  I was not planning to write about my trip to Sofia, Bulgaria, where I attended a conference on Cultural Heritage in Migration. We all had an intense discussion on this issue with the conference organisers and participants, and later my personal experience of heritage in Sofia left me to conclude that I must address […]

Culture
Lecture: Why did Piri Reis call Christopher Columbus a ‘munajjim’?

  For history lovers, and in particular those interesting in naval exploration, the latest in Yunus Emre Institute’s Arts and Culture lecture series is a fascinating look at two of the early modern world’s leading navigators. In his Book of Navigation (Kitāb-ı Baḥriye), Piri Reis, the famous sixteenth-century Ottoman cartographer and naval captain, introduced Christopher […]