Ottomans and nature: landscape, architecture and life in the open

İskender, Sevgin Deniz
Ottomans created an understanding of and approach to nature which was unique to themselves in their history. Since the design notions of the Ottomans evolved throughout their history according to the cultural and socio political dynamics of different periods, and since the Ottoman Empire spread over three continents, this research concentrates on the early and the rising- period of the empire; the period between the fourteenth and the seventeenth centuries, and on those areas in Anatolia and Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire, in order to better understand the background of Turkish culture. In this vein, landscape, architecture and life in the open-air are the areas of interests of this research. The aim is to present the Ottoman conceptions of nature cultivated especially by the ruling elite, Ottoman understanding of settlements in nature, understandings of their landscape and garden design, how they transformed a part of nature to their cultural spaces and how they socialized and entertained in nature and in their gardens. Briefly, this thesis intends to analyze the unique understanding of nature of the Ottomans within the Islamic tradition, focusing on the conditions in which the 111Ottoman conception of nature developed and created the idiosyncrasy of this cultural microcosm.
Citation Formats
S. D. İskender, “ Ottomans and nature: landscape, architecture and life in the open,” Middle East Technical University, 2002.