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Corpus of Ottoman Inscriptions from Albania and Montenegro By Mehmet Tütüncü

Corpus of Ottoman Inscriptions from Albania and Montenegro By Mehmet Tütüncü CORPUS OF TURKISH ISLAMIC INSCRIPTIONS nr. 7 TÜRK İSLAM KİTABELERİ DİZİSİ no: 7 ISBN 978-90-6921-010-0 SOTA Publications, 2017 Haarlem, Netherlands. With 175 illustrations and 1 map. 312 pages. Price: € 59,99. This book compiles inscriptions of Ottoman Albania. The collection consist of 114 inscriptions overhelmingly written on stone, a few wooden inscriptions and a small number of graffiti. The stone inscriptions can be divided into two categories: 1. the building or renewal inscriptions on certain architectural works and; 2. tombstone inscriptions. A period of 465 years between 1447 and 1912 is covered. The book is structured as follows. The first part consists of twenty-four inscriptions (1-24) of the first period of Ottoman Rule in Albania (from the years 1447 until 1730) . This part has been ordered chronologically. The first twelve inscriptions (1447-1608) still exist and are traceable. Followed by twelve inscriptions (1608-1730) (13-24) which are only recorded by Evliya Çelebi. The second part contains inscriptions after 1730; they are grouped according to the region where they are coming from. Inscriptions are grouped together according to city limits and city neighborhoods. The hierarchy among the cities is organized as follows: the oldest inscription found in the city ranks the city as first, so the oldest inscription after 1730 is from Ergirikasri (Gyrokastro); this is the first city in the second part and all known inscriptions from Gyrokastro will follow here chronologically each other.The second city according to these criteria is Kavaja etc. This method of the hierarchy of the cities gives us next list of cities. Gyrokastro, Kavaja, Delvina, Peze e Vogel, Akçahisar (Kruja), Tirana, Ishkodra, Görçe (Korca), Preza, Libohova, Tepelene, Draç (Durres), Elbasan and Avlonya (Vlora). This method gives the opportunity to follow chronologically development of inscriptions as well as cities. At the end of this chapter are included 5 inscriptions of Ali Pasha Tepedelene and his sons in Istanbul. In a separate chapter are included Inscriptions from Montenegro who formed during the Ottoman period part Province or Sanjak of Işkodra. From Montenegro are included 10 building inscriptions and 8 tombstones. In the closing section are included four photographs of tombstones from the rich Marubi Photography collection. The book gives a panoramic overview of all kind of inscriptions. From rich to poor, from intricate to basic calligraphy, from Royal to poor from Farsi to Turkish and Arabic poems; it gives a sense of the multilingual atmosphere of the Ottoman Albania that existed until 1912. Each inscription is accompanied by high quality photograps and commentary on subject and form of inscription. For ordering you can write to and web-page: drs. Mehmet Tütüncü Türk ve Arap Dünyası Araştırma Merkezi Research centre for Turkish and Arabic World Adres: Scheveningseweg 15 2517 KS Den Haag


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