Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), which has published many academic, historical and prestige works up to the present time, has introduced another important work to the literature, as a result of devoted research and examination of expert academicians in the field: “Aleppo in Ottoman Archives”.
The work, whose project coordination was carried out by Marmara University Faculty Member Ass. Prof. Dr. Fahri Solak, has been prepared by academicians and experts who are Prof. Dr. Mustafa Öztürk, Prof. Dr. Ali Yılmaz, Ass. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Topal, Ass. Prof. Dr. Dündar Alikılıç, Nuran Koltuk, Expert Erdinç Şahin and Atilla Sağlamçubukcu.
Created after a long and detailed examination by choosing among ten thousand of records, ‘Aleppo in Ottoman Archives’ book includes important documents on culture of living together in Ottomans, toleration perception, social events, zoning, administration and the ethnographic structure of the region.
In the book, the 34-page Introduction part written by Prof. Dr. Mustafa Öztürk (Fırat University) discusses the History of Aleppo, its Administrative Structure, Demographic Development and Economic Condition, while 183 records, maps, plan and etc. are included under 3 main titles as Social Events, Zoning and Administration.
In the work issues such as fires, aid for drought, founding and naming of some new villages and districts, treasure works, some artefacts that will be given to museums, earthquake, reconciliation of tribes and horse races are discussed in Social Events Part by examining 48 records.
On the other hand, the work includes 93 records on the establishment of schools, the repair and construction of castles, mosques, tombs, bridges, police stations, towers, hospitals, dervish lodges, and old Ottoman hospitals, under the title of Zoning. Besides, there are also documents on the repair of Aleppo waterways and canalization for new water sources. Railway construction activities of Aleppo, as an important location for Baghdad and Hijaz Railway, and telegraph lines installed from Aleppo to other settlements are also included in the book.
Furthermore in Administration Part, where 42 records have been examined, the documents which show the long experience of Ottomans in administration field and also administrative changes happened in Aleppo are handled. Besides, the document that shows the discovery of Sultan Gavri’s grave around Baba Bayram Dervish Lodge in Aleppo in 1874 and information given to Müze-i Hümayun (Imperial Museum) about this development is among the striking ones.
This prepared book aims to examine the history of Aleppo, which has a specific importance for Anatolian society, and also to recall its cultural identity which is under the threat of destruction.
Prestige size book, also an important source for Ottoman History, is 586 pages. The reader can have access to the original images of the chosen records, summaries and one-to-one transcriptions.
There is also an Index part at the end of the book, prepared for the easy access of the reader of the text.
For the full text of the Book, click: http://www.tdbb.org.tr/tdbb/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Halep-PDF.pdf