By Fariba Zarinebaf
This vividly certain revisionist heritage exposes the underworld of the biggest city of the early smooth Mediterranean and during it the total textile of a fancy, multicultural society. Fariba Zarinebaf maps the background of crime and punishment in Istanbul over a couple of hundred years, contemplating transgressions reminiscent of riots, prostitution, robbery, and homicide and whilst tracing how the state managed and punished its unruly inhabitants. Taking us during the city's streets, workshops, and homes, she provides voice to bland people--the guy accused of stealing, the lady ac. Read more...
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Then there are the holidays: the Turkish Friday, the Jewish Sabbath, the Christian Sunday, the innumerable Saints’ days of the Greek and Armenian calendar, all scrupulously observed. . Every day one or the other of the five peoples of the great city goes lounging about the streets, in holiday dress, with no other thought than to kill time. The Turks are masters of this art. . 18 Many Europeans, however, appreciated the relatively slow pace of life in Istanbul, its colorful mosaic of ethnic groups, and its slow integration into the modern world.
72 The arsenal and shipyard in Kasım Paşa and the gunpowder factory and cannon foundry in Tophane were the military-industrial sector of Istanbul and employed many workers and galley slaves. Galata inside the walls also contained the red-light district of Istanbul, with many brothels and taverns along the harbor catering to sailors, merchants, janissaries, and a large number of single and working-class men who resided in bachelors’ rooms (see chapter 5). 73 Serving alcoholic drinks to Muslims was forbidden by the shari’a, but many Muslim visitors took respite from the watchful gaze of neighbors and local officials when they frequented the many taverns and brothels in the winding alleys of Galata and along the harbor of Kasım Paşa.
The plague epidemics hit Istanbul almost every year. Istanbul has been hard-hit by great and small earthquakes throughout its history. Moreover, due to overpopulation and the use of wood as the usual building material in the makeshift houses of the poor, fires occurred frequently, destroying whole neighborhoods and districts. Plague epidemics decimated the populations of Istanbul and other major towns in the early modern period. Istanbul was on the intersection of major maritime and caravan trade routes that followed the Istanbul-Edirne-Sofia route.
Crime and punishment in Istanbul : 1700/1800 by Fariba Zarinebaf