By Francois Georgeon, Frédéric Hitzel

Lately, there was an elevated curiosity within the examine of the concept that of time within the Ottoman Empire. Many latest reports excited about the technical points, e.g. the degree of time, and the tools to do that (like clepsydras, water clocks, hourglasses, and sundials stumbled on at the facades of mosques and medreses). different facets have been ignored, just like the a variety of Ottoman experiments with time and the Ottomans' conceptions of time. This collective quantity addresses numerous of those forgotten points of the political, social and cultural modalities of time within the Ottoman Empire.

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La même époque, l’ambassadeur de Hongrie offrit « ung grand orloge faict en forme de tour, ayant la quasse d’argent »26. De son côté Venise faisait présent en 1589 au sultan d’une horloge à contrepoids de Maestro Gherardo et, en 1594, de trois horloges au grand amiral dont une en forme d’amande27. On connaît également au moins un cas où des horloges furent envoyées d’Istanbul à Venise pour être réparées28. Mais ce fut sans conteste l’horloge offerte à Murâd III par la reine Elizabeth, en 1583, par le premier ambassadeur d’Angleterre, William Harborne, qui suscita le plus la curiosité et l’admiration des Ottomans.

Montrant tous les mouvemens du Ciel (. ) où il y avoit vingt huict cloches d’argent, [qui] sonnoit en musique à quatre parties [c’est-à-dire tous les quarts d’heure] », tandis que le grand vizir recevait « un grand horloge fait en tour garny de deux bouëttes de crystal de roche, avec le reveil et sonnant les heures seulement, ou estoient gravées les Armoires du Roy [Henri III] ». Enfin, le fils du grand vizir reçut « un petit horloge sonnant, à prendre au col, garny d’or avec des rubis et des émeraudes, ayant la bouëtte de crystal »25.

226/3b: Velîünniʿam efendimize takvîm irsâl şod. 1843).

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