NIT, Istanbul, Turkey
8 Nov 13:00 - 19:00
This workshop, convened by Dr. Nicola Verderame (University of Naples “L'Orientale”), aims at bringing together scholars who study water supply in Ottoman cities from the angle of pious foundations as one of the main financing tools. Water supply, with its ideological scaffolding based in Islamic philanthropy, had offered the Ottoman ruling elite the opportunity to showcase their care for the well-being of the subjects, and had crystallized the hierarchies of power within the court.
The workshop will involve art historians, social historians, and urban historians whose expertise spans on different Ottoman local contexts, among them Istanbul, Jerusalem, and Crete. The diversity of local focuses is an important aspect, as it will allow considering the center-periphery dynamics that are often overlooked in the literature.
The program and list of participants will be announced soon.