Committee for the Study of Books & Media | "Books and Hearsay: Reading Practices and Information in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire"
December 10, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:20pm
University of Pennsylvania
Committee for the Study of Books and Media
"Books and Hearsay: Reading Practices and Information in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire"
Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano, University of Pennsylvania
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Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Aguirre-Mandujano studies early modern Ottoman intellectual history, and its connections to literature, poetry, and bureaucracy. He is currently working on his book project, Occasions for Poetry: Politics and Literary Language in the Ottoman Empire, which examines the relation between literary composition and the transformation of political thought in the early modern Ottoman Empire. Occasions for Poetry shows that in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries Ottoman scholars and statesmen produced a new literary language in order to express political thought. Occasions for Poetry posits that literary production at the imperial court crafted distinctive modes of expression in order to articulate the Ottoman sultanate’s place in the world, particularly vis-à-vis its imperial rivals in Europe and the Islamic world.
Area of Interest:
Middle East and North Africa
15th & 16th Centuries