New issue announcement and ToC | YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies 2 (2020)

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The second volume of YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies, Istanbul Research Institute's peer-reviewed and open access journal is now online

The peer-reviewed articles of YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies 2 (2020) include works from the fields of history of medicine and pandemics, architectural history and conservation, historiography and history of science.

Among the peer-reviewed articles, Akif Yerlioğlu's "'May Those Who Understand What I Wrote Remember This Humble One”: Paratextual Elements in Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Medical Manuscripts" is the recipient of our Early Career Article Prize.

Cabinet, devoted to documents from the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Collections, analyzes a paper icon with the themes of Last Judgment and the Second Coming. Meclis includes two thematic dossiers: the first consists of selected papers from the Imagining the City Symposium organized at the Pera Museum in 2014; and the second deals with experiencing Hagia Sophia in the past and diverse encounters with it. Meclis concludes with a short piece that problematizes the validity of the accepted date of the conquest of Constantinople, May 29, 1453. Reviews and Istanbul Bibliography features seven book and three exhibition reviews with various themes, periods, and disciplines, as well as the Istanbul Bibliography 2020, which brings together the latest research on Istanbul.

Heartfelt thanks to all the authors, reviewers, editors, assistants, designers, typesetters, and printers who, in this difficult year, supported YILLIK!

Table of Contents


Peer-reviewed articles

Fezanur Karaağaçlıoğlu – Exotic and Toxic? Plague in Early Nineteenth-Century Galata-Pera

Akif Ercihan Yerlioğlu – “May Those Who Understand What I Wrote Remember This Humble One”: Paratextual Elements in Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Medical Manuscripts

Hasan Sercan Sağlam – Galata Kulesi’nin Ceneviz Dönemine Yönelik Bir Yeniden Değerlendirme

Serra Akboy-İlk – Building the Architectural Narrative of the Topkapı Kara Ahmed Pasha Mosque Complex in Early Republican Turkey

Gábor Fodor – Harp İstanbul’unda Macar Arkeolojisi: Konstantinopolis Macar Bilim Enstitüsü (1916-1918)


Brigitte Pitarakis – The Naked Soul at the Scales: A Paper Icon in the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Collection


Olcay Akyıldız, Zeynep Uysal – Şehri Hayal Etmek: İstanbul Tahayyülleri

Selim Sırrı Kuru – İki Şehrin Şiiri: Gazelde İstanbul ve Galata İkilisi

Hatice Aynur – Tatavlalı Mahremî’nin Şehnâme’sinde Suriçi İstanbul’u

Handan İnci – Hangi İstanbul? Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar ve Orhan Kemal’in Gözünden Şehre Bakmak

Murat Germen –  Şimdilerde Şehir: Hayal Kırıklığı

Brigitte Pitarakis – Hagia Sophia, God’s Chosen Ruler, and St. Nicholas: New Perspectives on the Macedonian Dynasty

Arietta Papaconstantinou – The Sound of a Thousand Tongues: Visitors to Constantinople from the Eastern Provinces in the Sixth Century

Koray Durak – Hapishanede Ayasofya’yı Düşünmek: El-Ömerî ile Balaban’ın Kostantiniyye’deki Ulu Kilise Üzerine Sohbeti

Marios Philippides – The Date of the Conquest of Constantinople: May 29, 1453?

Reviews and Istanbul Bibliography 2020

Florin Leonte, Imperial Visions of Late Byzantium: Manuel II Palaiologos and Rhetoric in Purple. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020. x+334 pages. ISBN: 9781474441032 / Reviewed by Paul Magdalino

Gülsün Tanyeli, “Hiçbir Üstâd Böyle Kâr Etmemişdir”: Osmanlı İnşaat Teknolojisi Tarihi. Istanbul: Akın Nalça Kitapları, 2017. 290 sayfa, 133 şekil. ISBN: 9786058294219 / Reviewed by Damla Gürkan-Anar

 Zeren Tanındı, Yazıda Âhenk ve Renk: Sadberk Hanım Müzesi Koleksiyonundan Sanatlı Kitaplar, Belgeler ve Hüsn-i Hatlar. Istanbul: Vehbi Koç Vakfı, Sadberk Hanım Müzesi, 2019. 2 cilt, 816 sayfa. ISBN: 9786059606202 / Reviewed by Aslıhan Erkmen

Christopher Houston, Istanbul, City of the Fearless: Urban Activism, Coup d’État and Memory in Turkey. Oakland: University of California Press, 2020. xii + 227 pages, 3 figures. ISBN: 9780520373191 / Reviewed by Sinan Erensü

Priscus, Fragmenta et Excerpta: Attila ve Bizans Tarihi. Çev. ve haz. Turhan Kaçar. Istanbul: Alfa Yayınları, 2020. 368 sayfa. ISBN: 9786254491153 / Reviewed by Aslıhan Akışık-Karakullukçu

Ayten Alkan, der., Şehir ve Hayvan. Istanbul: Patika Kitap, 2020. 279 sayfa. ISBN: 9786056887741 / Reviewed by Onur İnal

Roland Betancourt and Maria Taroutina, eds., Byzantium/Modernism: The Byzantine as Method in Modernity. Leiden: Brill, 2015. xxiv + 369 pages. ISBN: 9789004292208 / Reviewed by: Przemysław Marciniak

Inspired by the East: How the Islamic World Influenced Western Art. British Museum, 10 Ekim 2019– 26 Haziran 2020, Londra. Küratörler: Julia Tugwell ve Olivia Threlkeld  Reviewed by Leyla Kayhan Elbirlik

Connectivités (Connectivities). Mucem—Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseille, June 29, 2020– December 31, 2021. Curator: Myriame Morel- Deledalle in collaboration with Sylvia Amar-Gonzalez, Jean-Roch Bouiller, and Emilie Girard / Reviewed by Ekin Can Göksoy

Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from New York University’s Abby Weed Grey Collection. Grey Art Gallery, New York University, September 10– December 7, 2019. Curator: Lynn Gumpert / Reviewed by Lydia Harrington

Istanbul Bibliography 2020  Compiled by Osman Kocabal and Deniz Özcan

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K. Mehmet Kentel, PhD

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YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies


Research Projects Manager

Istanbul Research Institute