By Fariba Zarinebaf

This vividly certain revisionist heritage exposes the underworld of the most important city of the early sleek Mediterranean and during it the full textile of a posh, multicultural society. Fariba Zarinebaf maps the heritage of crime and punishment in Istanbul over multiple hundred years, contemplating transgressions akin to riots, prostitution, robbery, and homicide and even as tracing how the nation managed and punished its unruly inhabitants. Taking us throughout the city's streets, workshops, and homes, she supplies voice to bland people--the guy accused of stealing, the lady accused of prostitution, and the vagabond expelled from town. She reveals that Istanbul during this interval continues to be mischaracterized--in half by way of the sensational and unique money owed of ecu tourists who portrayed it because the embodiment of Ottoman decline, rife with decadence, sin, and disorder. Linking the heritage of crime and punishment to the dramatic political, fiscal, and social differences that happened within the eighteenth century, Zarinebaf reveals actually that Istanbul had even more in universal with different rising sleek towns in Europe, or even in the USA.

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17 In Orientalist works, Istanbul was the opposite of London, a city that represented progress, industry, and capitalism in contrast to a decaying Oriental capital. One Italian author, Edmondo De Amicis, equated Ottoman decline with the idleness of the people in Istanbul: Although at some hours of the day Constantinople has an appearance of industry, in reality it is perhaps the laziest city in the world. Everybody gets up as late as possible. Even in summer, at an hour when all our cities are awake, Constantinople is still sleeping.

The rebels used the Hippodrome as their base in 1703 and 1730 (see chapter 3). The commercial hub of the city was located very close to the Hippodrome and the Topkapı Palace. The Divan Yolu (via ignatia) branched out in several directions from the Hippodrome and connected the area to the mercantile center of the city, the Grand Bazaar and its surrounding residential and commercial districts on the one side as well as the Egyptian Market and the port (Eminönü area) on the other side on the Golden Horn.

Everybody gets up as late as possible. Even in summer, at an hour when all our cities are awake, Constantinople is still sleeping. . Then there are the holidays: the Turkish Friday, the Jewish Sabbath, the Christian Sunday, the innumerable Saints’ days of the Greek and Armenian calendar, all scrupulously observed. . Every day one or the other of the five peoples of the great city goes lounging about the streets, in holiday dress, with no other thought than to kill time. The Turks are masters of this art.

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