Sunday, June 7, 2015

history

"Women were regarded as “invisible” in history. They were even ignored sometimes. For instance, in the Ottoman State female poets who had a collection of poems (divan) on their own were disregarded by men who had their own collections."
in Women's Memory: The Problem of Sources.


'My heart burns in flames of sorrow
Sparks and smoke rise turning to the sky
Within Me the heart has taken fire like a candle
My body, whirling, is a lighthouse illuminated by your image'
Mihiri Hatun.


In the majority
of
cases, images help
usto
visualize infonnation thathas been mentioned in written texts. Additionally, images provide
us
withevidence for some aspects
of
social reality, which written texts might havepassed over. Written materials do not provide information on all issuesthat
we
find glimpses of in visual material. Thus, images arecomplementary to the written documents.Visual material can be used to gather clues about small details
of
Ottoman social life, or
to
get a feel for the spirit
of
the whole age. Itunveils many aspects
of
women's lives including the use
of
physicalspace, their daily life, clothing, social and economic activities, role andposition in society, and give infonnation about the material world
as
well
as
mannerin the context oearly modern era.
The Use
of
Space
Obviously, images that depict women in the public space may beconsidered the most fruitful source for determining the use
of
public space
Empire,
1603-1839,
ed.
Suraiya Faroqhi,
v.
ill
(Cambridge: Cambridge University
Press,
2006),
408-481; Serpil
Bagel
et
al.,
Osman
II
Resim Sanatl
(Ankara:
Tiirkiye
Curnhuriyeti Kiiltiir
Bakanh~
Yaymlan,
2006).

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