Off-the-Shelf: Re-discovering Yale's Uncatalogued Ottoman Manuscripts

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December 11, 2019
Connecticut, United States
Subject Fields: 
Intellectual History, Islamic History / Studies, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale has a remarkable collection of over 500 Turkish manuscripts which are yet uncatalogued. Priceless poetry collections of celebrated Ottoman poets, romances, occult texts, chronicles, mystical treatises, manuals of legal decisions, books on human and veterinary medicine, as well as botany, have been waiting off-the-shelf for their readers since they joined the rare books and manuscripts compilation at the Beinecke Library since the early 1900s. These texts have now found their curious readers as the collection has been added to the syllabus of the “Reading and Research in Ottoman History and Literature” course taught by Ozgen Felek (NELC) in Fall 2019. Ozgen Felek and her students are opening this treasure box to share these highly valuable texts with those who want to learn more about them. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

120 High Street, New Haven, CT 06511
Lecture Hall & Memorabilia Room

Free & open to the public.

Co-organized by Ozgen Felek & Robin Tahrir Dougherty

Co-sponsored by:

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Near East Collection: Yale University Library

The Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations

Yale Council on Middle East Studies

Department of History at Yale University


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Ozgen Felek

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Yale University

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