1. bickern

    The Imperial Harem of the Ottoman Empire

    The Imperial Harem of the Ottoman Empire The term “harem” brings to mind an image of a room full of beautiful women whose sole purpose in life was to please their captor sexually. This image may have been inspired by the 16 th and 17 th century harems of the Ottoman empire. However, the harem...
  2. A

    94 years after its abolishment, are the Turkish people reviving the Ottoman caliphate

    Yesterday marked 94 years since the abolishment of the Ottoman Caliphate on 3rd March 1924 CE. [1] The caliphate has played a significant role throughout the history of Islam and its destruction is arguably one of the darkest eras in Islamic history following the death of Prophet Muhammad (sall...
  3. bickern

    Harem, and the Ottoman Women

    Harem in the Ottoman Empire The image of a harem conjures visions of opulent surroundings filled with beautiful, sensuous women whose sole duty was to entertain an aging yet still lustful sheik or sultan. This image may have been based on the imperial harems of the sixteenth and seventeenth...
  4. bickern

    Ottoman Empire

    Recently published by Cambridge University Press, “A History of the Ottoman Empire” by Douglas Howard, Professor of History at Calvin College in Michigan, is the first single-volume history of the Ottomans to appear in a number of years. In little over 300 pages, the book (reviewed in HDN...
  5. IbrahimAbi

    Black Eunochs of the Ottoman Court

    I found this article interesting. Not sure if I will buy the book though:- 'There are few more exotic subjects than the eunuchs of the Ottoman Empire. But despite being key centres of power for over three centuries, Ottoman court eunuchs remain something of an enigma.' The black eunuchs of the...
  6. suzyq

    Istanbulites to mark Ottoman conquest

    Istanbul is set to mark the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul on its 563rd anniversary with a major event created by a grand team of 1,200, as expectations rise for the event, which is expected to attract 1 million spectators. “A 563-men Mehter concert [an Ottoman military band], a show by the...
  7. beyazbayan

    Ottoman Empire

    Programme on BBC World this week-end dealing with the 600 years of the Ottoman Empire and how they dealt with the balance between East and West - Christian and Muslim.
  8. pembelu

    Osmanlı Beşik / Ottoman style rocking cot

    Osmanlı Beşik / Ottoman style rocking cot hand crafted locally from rare Sedar wood. only 7m old new online 1500tl selling for 400tl more pics and sizes to come later ...collection koycegiz
  9. shirleyanntr

    Return of the Ottoman Emipre

    at least that is what R*T*E and those closest have in mind. İ once mentioned Neo Ottomanism in a thread and was hailed with derision. But more and more the dreams of today's Sultans are emerging. İn a rousing speech he made yesterday during the opening of Kütahya Zafer Airport among many...
  10. culturevulture

    Ottoman aid to the Irish......

    I look forward to seeing this movie when it is made. As the article states, it is a little, unknown part of our history. Ottoman aid to the Irish to hit the big screen Mary.
  11. Firebrand

    Article about Ottoman restaurant

    I thought this might interest people: Ottoman imperial cuisine back on menu in Istanbul | Life and style | The Guardian
  12. ceemac

    Portsmouth team's logo rooted in Ottoman intelligence, researcher says

    The United Kingdom's Portsmouth Football Club was established by Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamit II, a researcher claimed Wednesday, adding that this is the reason the club uses the "crescent-star" as its logo. Here I would advise you to read the comments after this story though! C
  13. KKOB

    The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire

    Click on the link and watch the Empire expand and contract over the centuries. The Ottoman Empire
  14. D

    Turkish and Ottoman Cuisine and Live Music Night

    I've been asked to pass on details of the second "Turkish and Ottoman Cuisine and Live Music Night" at Teldolap Restaurant in the hills of Gümüşlük. If you've been looking for a restaurant that cooks homely traditional Turkish food, then you can't go far wrong with Teldolap. Anyway, pitch over...
  15. D

    Gümüşlük Ottoman Military band - 29th October

    Information's a bit thin on the ground (partly because I don't speak enough Turkish yet), but as most of you know, Thursday celebrates Cumhuriyet Bayramı (Turkish Republic Day). There will be various events, marching bands and celebrations around the peninsula. In Gümüşlük the following is...
  16. KKOB

    The Last Ottoman Dies

    Ertugrul Osman - the would-be sultan known in Turkey as the "last Ottoman" - has died in Istanbul at the age of 97. BBC News | 'Last Ottoman' dies in Istanbul
  17. ceemac

    Ottoman Women

    During the Seljuk and Ottoman periods, Turkish family structure was patriarchal, consisting of mother, father, children and sometimes other close relatives. Although woman in rural communities labored in the fields, her urban sister was confined to the house whatever her social status. Depending...
  18. ceemac

    A Banquet of Ottoman Hospitality

    You can read a mouthwatering article on Turkish cuisine and hospitality here Reminds me of why I fell in love with the place and ended up buying a house there.... C
  19. shirleyanntr

    Ottoman Mehter Bands

    Looking at one of Mustaqs super calender photos made me think of the Mehter Bands and the history behind them. Today they are a part of cultural heritage and the bands give rousing displays which evoke a stirring sound from the past. When the Ottomans went to war they did it accompanied by...
  20. R

    Ottoman Traditional Turkish Furniture

    Hello I am going to furnish my place out soon. It is in Akbuk. I want to buy decent furniture, not much furniture but good quality as the plan is to move out to Turkey in a couple of years. I would rather not have much furniture, but good quality things I really like and can add to in the...
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