University Forum - An Ottoman Cosmography: Kātib Çelebi, The Scientific Revolution, and the Ottoman Empire
This lecture will outline the importance of Ottoman geographical work for global intellectual history of the early modern world. The printed text of the Cihannuma gives us insights on how Ottoman intellectuals learned about the scientific revolution that had begun in Europe in the sixteenth century and the ways in which they combined both European and Muslim geographical knowledge together to form a hybrid that would inform Ottoman elites during this period. The lecture will also examine the short comings of Ottoman geographic work during this period, as a result of Kātib Çelebi's methodologies, and failure to complete the work by the time of his death.
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Co-sponsored by the History Department, Muslim Student Association, Critical Discourse LLC, Anti-Defamation League, Religious Studies, Black Mountain Institute, English Department, Sociology Department, and Hasan Deniz.