An Ottoman Traveller: Selections from the Book of Travels of by Robert Dankoff

By Robert Dankoff

Evliya Celebi was once the seventeenth century's such a lot diligent, adventurous, and sincere recorder, whose puckish wit and humor are laced all through his ten-volume masterpiece. This fresh translation brings Evliya sparklingly again to lifestyles. ""Well worthy a read.""-Irish Echo 7/2011

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The people of Galata are in (—) categories: the first are sailors, the second merchants, the third craftsmen of various sorts, and the fourth joiners and caulkers. Most of them wear clothing of Cezayir (the Aegean archipelago) {because they are mainly marines. } The Greeks are tavern keepers. The Armenians are sellers of pressed meat (pastırma) and wealthy merchants. The Jews are intermediaries in the marketplace. The Jewish boys are male prostitutes – there is no more despised group of catamites than they.

So cry out loud, God is great. After the salutations, recite the Throne Verse (2:255). Bilal will repeat, Glory be to God, and you, Praise be to God. Bilal will repeat, God is great, and you, Amen, Amen. The entire congregation will join in to profess His unity. Then after you say, And blessings upon all the prophets and messengers, and praise be to God, Lord of the Universe, rise immediately and kiss the Prophet’s hand while he is sitting in the prayer niche. ’ Sa‘d ibn Abi Waqqas gave all these instructions while sitting at my side.

It is a sea of men for twenty days, and powerful torches turn the nights into bright days, as on the night of the Feast of the Sacrifice. Once every twenty years the saddle makers’ guild also has an outing here, and that is also a noteworthy event. And every year, from the first day to the last day of the month of Sha‘ban, the people of Istanbul pitch tents in this plain of Kağıthane in anticipation of the fast of Ramadan. 5 Such a place of joy is Kağıthane. 22 5. Kağıthane The town of Kağıthane is situated 1000 paces north of this promenade.

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