Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Ottoman Istanbul
N695 | 26043 | H. Erdem Cipa and Christiane J. Gruber


This seminar is intended for students interested in the history of
the Ottoman Empire, the city of Istanbul, and Ottoman art and
architecture. It will be limited to fifteen students and will
include a weeklong fieldtrip to Istanbul (Spring Break 2010). The
goal of this course consists in understanding the development of
Istanbul from the time of the Ottoman conquest (1453 A.D.) to today,
first as an imperial capital and later as a global metropolis.
Istanbul will serve as a lens through which we will explore the
major moments of Ottoman political and social history as well as
other turning moments in world history. Major sites and monuments
that will be discussed and visited include: Hagia Sophia, the
palaces of Topkapi and Domabahce, the mosques of Sultan Suleyman and
Yeni Valide, the Rumeli Fortress, and the European quarter of Galata.

NOTE: Students may enroll by authorization after contacting and
meeting with Prof. Cipa (echipa@indiana.edu) or Dr. Gruber
(chgruber@indiana.edu).