Palace and city ceremonials

Yelçe, Zeynep Nevin (2021) Palace and city ceremonials. In: Hamadeh, Shirine and Kafescioğlu, Çiğdem, (eds.) A Companion to Early Modern Istanbul. Brill's Companions to European History, Volume: 26. Brill, Leiden, pp. 143-167. ISBN 978-90-04-44492-8 (Print) 978-90-04-46856-6 (Online)

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This paper examines the dynamics and the role of ceremonial occasions in the gradual transformation of Istanbul to the seat of the throne in the course of the sixteenth century. Through visualizing the state, various ceremonial events helped marking the center as the center. Fusing the dynastic, administrative, military, and even civic elements palace and city ceremonials continously defined and re-defined the state for all to see and internalize. While the ceremonial events served as both a mirror of and a model for contemporary power relations and social order, the political and ideological messages communicated through these occasions helped construct and consolidate the political reality. The role of discursive performance in establishing and reinforcing the status quo was further enhanced by the spatial and temporal associations of the city itself. Not only were the performative elements of ceremonial events recurrent, repetitive and somewhat standardized, but the sites where they were performed also added to the sense of stability and continuity.
Item Type: Book Section / Chapter
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula > DR0401-741.22 Turkey > DR716-739 Istanbul (Constantinople)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D031-34 Political and diplomatic history
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CB History of civilization
D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula > DR0401-741.22 Turkey > DR485-555.7 1281/1453-1789. Fall of Constantinople, 1453
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > History
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Foundations Development
Depositing User: Zeynep Nevin Yelçe
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2022 15:50
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 08:39

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