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Reading Clocks, Alla TurcaTime and Society in the Late Ottoman Empire$
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Avner Wishnitzer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226257723

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226257860.001.0001

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Reading Clocks, Alaturka

Reading Clocks, Alaturka

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Reading Clocks, Alla Turca

Avner Wishnitzer

University of Chicago Press

Chapter One explores eighteenth century Ottoman calendars, hour systems, and time-related practices, and demonstrates how they combined to form a rather comprehensive ‘temporal culture’ that retained a relatively high degree of inner coherence and correlation with celestial rhythms. It was a dense temporality which bound together heaven and earth, astrology and astronomy, society and nature. But it was not simply ‘natural.’ In fact, the main argument of the chapter is that by claiming correlation with divine rhythms, hegemonic temporal culture served to legitimize and reaffirm the very mundane social order presided over by the Ottomans.

Keywords:   clocks, temporality, Eighteenth century, time, calendars, Ottoman, astrology, astronomy

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