By Fariba Zarinebaf
This vividly unique revisionist background exposes the underworld of the biggest city of the early glossy Mediterranean and during it the full textile of a fancy, multicultural society. Fariba Zarinebaf maps the historical past of crime and punishment in Istanbul over multiple hundred years, contemplating transgressions akin to riots, prostitution, robbery, and homicide and even as tracing how the state managed and punished its unruly inhabitants. Taking us in the course of the city's streets, workshops, and homes, she offers voice to bland people--the guy accused of stealing, the lady ac. Read more...
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Nedim, “song,” in Halman, Nightingales and Pleasure Gardens Seeking pleasure was not new among the Ottoman ruling class but its public expression was. What was novel were the public displays of pleasure among upperclass Ottomans, material wealth, royal grandeur, and the growing visibility of Ottoman women in public spaces. Tulip gardens, public fountains and parks became the foci of social interaction, illicit sexual activities, and recreation for the Ottoman elite as well as middle-class men and women (see chapter 5).
Children and the elderly were naturally more vulnerable. Cleanliness, dry weather, good personal hygiene, health, and lack of human contact were considered natural protections against the plague. However, it was very difficult to maintain order, cleanliness, and human isolation in a port city like Istanbul. Human refuse and garbage were disposed of in the Sea of Marmara and on the outskirts of the city. Moreover, nomads, merchants, soldiers, sailors, and pilgrims helped spread the bacillus from Iran and eastern Anatolia to the Balkans, the Aegean, the Mediterranean, and North Africa and vice versa.
These works were fantasies of Muslim sexuality that reflected the imagination of Western artists, voyeurs, and spectators more than the actual subjects they depicted. These sexually charged scenes fit well with the dramatic setting: a city of minarets, domes, and churches set on seven hills overlooking the blue expanse of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus. 16 Orientalism became a way of thinking, imagining, representing, and writing about the Orient from a position of cultural and political superiority.