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I ki hezar aferin bon nidge Sultan olur

Dervishes Ceremonies in Constantinople Described by Western Travellers and Painters between Sixteenth and Eighteenth Century

Giovanni De Zorzi    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    



Between the sixteenth century and the eighteenth century many Europeans visited Constantinople, the new Ottoman capital, and wrote reports that took various aspects of its cultural and musical life into consideration. Among the recurring elements of such reports, we note the description of Dervishes and their ceremonies, often accompanied by engravings and very rarely by musical transcriptions. Through time, such a description became a topic (and a stereotype) both in literature and in fine arts. My article retraces and comments descriptions of Dervish ceremonies, in a chronological order, by Western travellers and scholars between sixteenth and eighteenth century, between the so-called Age of Exploration and Modernity.

27 Giugno 2019
14 Maggio 2019
14 Febbraio 2019

Keywords: DervishesOttoman HistoryMevlevî DervishesWestern Travels HistoryOttoman Classical MusicMevlevî CeremoniesSufi MusicDervish CeremoniesHistory of Sufism

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