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Issue 9, 1995/96

Ideal Worlds

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Bare luxury in Bodrum – we explore houses that capture the spirit of Bodrum’s timeless architecture before visiting Ahmet Vefik Pasha’s cliff-top library, high above the Bosphorus. We tell the story of Bellini’s Chinese pot; discover the changing Amazon; go in search of the marsh birds of the Göksu delta; and revel in Safranbolu’s saffron harvest. Plus the jewels of the fall: pickles and relishes


  • Jewels of the Fall

    Along with salads, pickles are an important part of Turkish cookery throughout the year. They range from simple sweet and sour vegetable relishes marinaded in vinegar, or quick-brined side dishes of fish or cucumber, to serious vinegar-based preserves that last well into winter.
    More cookery features

  • Artistic Licence

    Kámil Gök lived all his life in the village of Dereliköy, among people who neither sculpt nor paint. In 1972 he became an impulsive sculptor. As his work proliferated his neighbours turned against him…

  • A Room for the Books

    The library of Ahmet Vefik Pasha, by Patricia Daunt with photographs by Simon Upton. Secluded on a cliff beside the fortress of Rumeli Hisarı is a kiosk that was once the retreat of a bon vivant bibliophile.

  • Stone Age Renaissance

    Turkey’s most innovative architects are learning from the nation’s fast vanishing heritage. Barnaby Rogerson and Rose Baring report on the work of Ahmet Igdirligil, a man dedicated to bringing the logic and fabric of the past into the present day.

  • On the Roof of the World

    The sixteenth-century Atik Valide Mosque in Üsküdar was built as a tribute to the beautiful Venetian woman, captured by Hayreddin Barbarossa, who went on to dominate the Ottoman court. Godfrey Goodwin witnesses the skilful recladding of the mosque’s magnificent dome.

  • The Changing Amazon

    Scholars are exploding the stereotype of the submissive sex. Depictions of Anatolian women through the ages, seen at a memorable exhibition at the Topkapi Palace, are part of their ammunition. Report by Jennifer Scarce

  • Birds in Paradise

    The Göksu delta is a wild and windy wetland of marshes, reeds and just the occasional bird-watcher. Here, thousands of the rarest birds break their journey across the Levant. By Alice Carswell with photographs by Nâfiz Güder.

Inside the issue


  1. A Room for the Books
    The Library of Ahmet Vefik Paşa
  2. Stone Age Renaissance
    Reviving traditional architecture in Bodrum
  3. Artistic License
    Brian Sewell reflects on the village art of Kâmil Gök
    [extract available online]
  4. On the Roof of the World
    Recladding the domes of Üsküdar


  1. The Changing Amazon
    9000 Years of the Anatolian Woman
    [extract available online]
  2. Finding the Chinoiserie in a Bellini
    John Carswell on the trail of Chinese
    blue and white porcelain


  1. Birds in Paradise
    Migrating birds on the Göksu delta
    [extract available online]
  2. Autumn of the Saffron Gatherers
    Harvesting the precious crocus
    [extract available online]


  1. Spheres of Influence
    The monumental ceramic bowls
    of Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye
  2. Greenmantle
    The Plantsman Hayrettin Karaca


  1. Jewels of the Fall
    Home-made pickles and relishes


  1. The Flight of the Last Sultan
    An extract from Constantinople, City of the World’s Desire, by Philip Mansel
  2. Acts of God and Man
    The Seismicity of Turkey and Adjacent Areas.
    Bandits and Beaurocrats.
    Reviewed by David Barchard
  3. A Powerful Potion
    The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye, by A S Byatt.
    Felidae on the Road, by Akif Pirinci.
    Reviewed by Philippa Scott
  4. Gallant Gallic Airs
    Au Pays Sacré des Anciens Turcs et des Mongols, by Bouillane de Lacoste.
    Reviewed by Antony Wynn
  5. Turning Back the Clock
    Constantinople and Its Hinterland, Ed. Cyril Mango and Gilbert Drangon with Geoffrey Greatrex.
    Reviewed by John Freely
  6. Istanbul au siècle de Soliman le Magnifique, by Robert Mantran.
    Reviewed by David Hogg


  1. Connoisseur
    Orientalist and Islamic Art: a viewers guide,
    by Philippa Scott
  2. Counterpoint
    The Cornucopia Investment Challenge:
    a progress report.
    Marks & Spencer: Ecumenical Environmentalism
    Çatalhöyük update. Plus: Skiing
  3. Shopping
    Designs in a Material World: The best
    of new furniture and fashion
  4. Restaurants
    Flavours from foreign lands: Istanbul’s French, Japanese and Italian restaurants
  5. Property
    A Move in the Right Direction: market news
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