By Cem Behar
Combining the vibrant and colourful element of a micro-history with a much broader ancient standpoint, this groundbreaking learn seems on the city and social historical past of a small local neighborhood (a mahalle) of Ottoman Istanbul, the Kasap Iùlyas. Drawing on quite wealthy ancient documentation beginning within the early 16th century, Cem Behar specializes in how the Kasap Iùlyas mahalle got here to reflect the various overarching problems with the capital urban of the Ottoman Empire. additionally thought of are different matters primary to the historiography of towns, equivalent to rural migration and concrete integration of migrants, together with avenues for pro integration and the unity networks migrants shaped, and the function of old guilds and non-guild hard work, the ancestor of the "informal" or "marginal" region stumbled on this day in much less built nations.
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His testimony conﬁrms that nothing had really changed between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries as far as building techniques were concerned. Olivier writes: The houses have a skeleton made of oak and this skeleton sits on foundations which are not very deep. The beams are either nailed or ﬁtted with tenons. The empty spaces within the wooden structure are then ﬁlled with a sort of mortar made of a mixture of mud, hay and bits of hemp. The walls are covered on the outside with rather irregular painted planks.
He had, however, died soon after the conquest. Demirhan’s lot was perhaps better situated, as it overlooked the bustling Golden Horn from the top of a steeper hill near the Byzantine church of Christ Pantocrator and was nearer to the commercial center of the city. But it was much smaller in area and already rather densely populated by Christians. As to his own share, near the city walls and overlooking the sea of Marmara, it was much larger and virtually empty. Luckily, ƒlyas had to face a territory that was practically a tabula rasa.
As to his own share, near the city walls and overlooking the sea of Marmara, it was much larger and virtually empty. Luckily, ƒlyas had to face a territory that was practically a tabula rasa. Indeed, after the conquest the quasi-deserted city had to be almost totally repopulated. Settlers had to be brought in, new neighborhoods had to be formed, mosques had to be built, and Byzantium had to be given a new and Muslim stamp. So, in a sense, Kasap ƒlyas’ Holy War was far from having ended with the capture of the city.