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“A Tenacious Reputation for Unreliability:” Re-Viewing Evliya Çelebi’s Description of the Diyarbakir Ulu Cami in the Seyahatname

“A Tenacious Reputation for Unreliability:” Re-Viewing Evliya Çelebi’s Description of the... Abstract This article examines the role of seventeenth-century writer Evliya Çelebi’s Seyahatname (Book of Travels) as an architectural source by “re-viewing” the passages pertaining to his visit to the Great Mosque of Diyarbakir in 1655. Evliya’s intriguing description of a mosque with a dome does not match the surviving main prayer hall with its gabled roof. I parse the apparent discrepancies in Evliya’s presentation of the physical structure by comparing his entries to other historical accounts of the mosque and placing these alongside the evidence provided by the building itself. Countering criticisms of Evliya’s skills of observation, I argue instead that the Seyahatname described what the mosque meant in the context of its Ottoman Islamic history, and how it was received and understood by visitors to Diyarbakir. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architecture and Culture Taylor & Francis

“A Tenacious Reputation for Unreliability:” Re-Viewing Evliya Çelebi’s Description of the Diyarbakir Ulu Cami in the Seyahatname

Architecture and Culture , Volume 8 (1): 25 – Jan 2, 2020

“A Tenacious Reputation for Unreliability:” Re-Viewing Evliya Çelebi’s Description of the Diyarbakir Ulu Cami in the Seyahatname

Architecture and Culture , Volume 8 (1): 25 – Jan 2, 2020

Abstract

Abstract This article examines the role of seventeenth-century writer Evliya Çelebi’s Seyahatname (Book of Travels) as an architectural source by “re-viewing” the passages pertaining to his visit to the Great Mosque of Diyarbakir in 1655. Evliya’s intriguing description of a mosque with a dome does not match the surviving main prayer hall with its gabled roof. I parse the apparent discrepancies in Evliya’s presentation of the physical structure by comparing his entries to other historical accounts of the mosque and placing these alongside the evidence provided by the building itself. Countering criticisms of Evliya’s skills of observation, I argue instead that the Seyahatname described what the mosque meant in the context of its Ottoman Islamic history, and how it was received and understood by visitors to Diyarbakir.

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
2050-7836
eISSN
2050-7828
DOI
10.1080/20507828.2020.1839720
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Abstract

Abstract This article examines the role of seventeenth-century writer Evliya Çelebi’s Seyahatname (Book of Travels) as an architectural source by “re-viewing” the passages pertaining to his visit to the Great Mosque of Diyarbakir in 1655. Evliya’s intriguing description of a mosque with a dome does not match the surviving main prayer hall with its gabled roof. I parse the apparent discrepancies in Evliya’s presentation of the physical structure by comparing his entries to other historical accounts of the mosque and placing these alongside the evidence provided by the building itself. Countering criticisms of Evliya’s skills of observation, I argue instead that the Seyahatname described what the mosque meant in the context of its Ottoman Islamic history, and how it was received and understood by visitors to Diyarbakir.

Journal

Architecture and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 2, 2020

Keywords: Evliya Çelebi; Diyarbakir Ulu Cami; Seyahatname; Umayyad Mosque of Damascus; Ottoman architecture; architectural lineage; community memory

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