Ali Yaycıoğlu - Death in Athens (1795): (Re)thinking Ottoman Provincial Order through a Probate Inventory - 20/12/2017

Jean Antoine Théodore de Gudin (1802-1880), View of Athens with Tower of the Winds and Agora, oil on card laid down on panel, 36.5 by 61.5cm Jean Antoine Théodore de Gudin (1802-1880), View of Athens with Tower of the Winds and Agora, oil on card laid down on panel, 36.5 by 61.5cm
Mercredi 20 décembre 2017 à 18h
Ali Yaycıoğlu
(Université de Stanford)
intervention en anglais

inscription avant le 20 décembre à midi :

"Death in Athens (1795): (Re)thinking Ottoman Provincial Order through a Probate Inventory"

This talk examines power, wealth, and death in the Ottoman Empire. What was power and wealth and how were these two related in the Ottoman Order? Under the light of this question, Ali Yaycıoğlu explores what happened when a powerful and wealthy person died; how power and wealth fashioned death and postmortem condition, crises, and settlement. What was the nature of the involvement of the state, as a regulatory mechanism and/or as the claimant of the estate of the deceased? How did assets, objects and immovable properties change owners and how were debts restructured. Focusing on probate inventories (tereke and muhallefat defters), Ali Yaycıoğlu will focus on a death (and postmortem settlement) in a provincial setting, in Athens (1795), and discuss how a death of a powerful and wealthy person could trigger a new ordering of public and private relationships in a city of Christians and Muslims.

Ali Yaycioglu is an historian of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey. He was born and raised in Ankara, Turkey. He studied International Relations at the Middle East Technical University, Ottoman History at Bilkent University,  and Islamic legal history and Arabic at McGill University. After completing his Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard, he carried out a post-doctoral study in Greek and Hellenic Studies at Princeton and joined the History Department at Stanford in 2011. Dr. Yaycioglu is also an associate member of the Centre d'études turques, ottomanes, balkaniques et centrasiatiques at L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. Dr. Yaycioglu's fields of interest include the transformations of the Ottoman Empire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in the broader context of transition from early-modern to modern world; restructuring of economic and political institutions and ideas, and changes in social and religious life during this transformative time; Ottoman spatiality, spatial imaginations of life, nature and power, and digital geo-spatial analysis; cultural history of Modern Turkey.

His first book, Partners of the Empire: Crisis of the Ottoman Order in the Age of Revolutions (Stanford University Press, 2016) offers a radical rethinking the Ottoman Empire within the global context of the revolutionary age in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Partners of the Empire uncovers the patterns of political action—the making and unmaking of coalitions, forms of building and losing power, and expressions of public opinion. Dr. Yaycioglu's current book project, Power, Wealth and Death: The Moral Economy of State-Society in the Ottoman Empire, analyzes how people acquired wealth and power, how they sustained their wealth and power, how they lost them, and what happened when they lost their wealth, power and their lives roughly between late seventeenth to mid-nineteenth centuries. The book focuses on issues such as accumulation of capital in the hands of various actors, forms of debt and credit, topographies of property, possession and financial webs, confiscations and executions, as well as resistance to them in the Ottoman Empire.

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