By Norman Itzkowitz
This skillfully written textual content provides the entire sweep of Ottoman heritage from its beginnings at the Byzantine frontier in approximately 1300, via its improvement as an empire, to its past due eighteenth-century war of words with a speedily modernizing Europe. Itzkowitz delineates the basic associations of the Ottoman nation, the main divisions in the society, and the elemental principles on govt and social constitution. all through, Itzkowitz emphasizes the Ottomans' personal notion in their ancient event, and in so doing penetrates the outside view supplied through the insights of Western observers of the Ottoman global to the center of Ottoman lifestyles.
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70 The text is written in a neat naskh hand in black ink, with headings, punctuation, and underlining in red. There are twenty-one lines to a page. While the ﬁrst forty-four folios are of a thin, cream, vertically laid, varnished paper, the last seventeen are a heavier local paper, somewhat lighter in color. All four texts appear to be written in the same hand. Dimensions are 200 x 146 mm. Folio numbers have been added in pencil in the upper margin on the recto sides of folios. The binding is in dark brown leather bordered by pairs of narrow, gold-stamped lines enclosing sheets of marbled (ebru) paper of blue, green, and orange pasted on the outer faces of both the front and the back covers.
In this connection, it is interesting to note that in EH, Y, and E, manuscripts that probably date to the eighteenth or early nineteenth century and the versions of TE that most faithfully reproduce S, these blank spaces have been eliminated, no doubt because the copyists concluded that the earlier version or versions on which they were based were authoritative. The content of S also argues for its early date, for S is the most complete and least corrupted version of TE to come down to us. As noted above, it includes the verse introduction, prose introduction, index, and inventories arranged in twelve sections (Qur}an schools and tombs being listed together in section 4), one or more of which fell away in all later group II, III, IV, and V versions of the text.
A. 1644 contains a pair of texts, TE (4b:1–12a:8), followed by a version of TB (12a:9–29b:6). Both Meriç and ~hsanoqlu were apparently unaware of this manuscript, which is omitted from the former’s critical edition and the latter’s list of manuscript sources. 87 The text is written in a neat naskh hand using black ink, with punctuation separating sections of text and frames in red enclosing the text area. There are twentyone lines to the page. Of local manufacture, the paper is cream colored and varnished.
Ottoman Empire and Islamic Tradition (Phoenix Book) by Norman Itzkowitz