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  • Parisian Panache

    From Issue 49

    The V&A’s Tim Stanley eyes up the Louvre’s astonishing new Islamic offering

  • Heavenly Berries

    From Issue 49

    Mulberries come in an array of hues: black, white, pink, purple; some enticingly sweet, others astringent and healing. As Berrin Torolsan can testify, having grown up with them in her Istanbul garden, all are adored – by man, mallard and pine marten alike. Here she traces the history of this lucious fruit

  • Ottoman Renaissance: The Conqueror’s Dream

    From Issue 32

    From the morning of May 31, 1453, until his death twenty-eight years later, Sultan Mehmet II was fixated with re-creating and repopulating his newly acquired capital, Konstantiniyye. Historian Heath Lowry sheds light on the Ottoman Renaissance.

  • The Daredevil Scholar

    From Issue 47

    With a taste for adventure Indiana Jones would appreciate, the Dutch architectural historian Machiel Kiel has risked life and limb in his mission to expose the annihilation of Ottoman monuments in the Balkans. The art historian Holta Vrioni pays tribute to his work and exploits

  • Crimea

    From Issue 36

    The Crimean War of 1853–56 which ended 150 years ago this year [2006] now seems very remote. Why were Great Britain and France, in alliance with Ottoman Turkey, fighting Russia in the Black Sea? Norman Stone investigates the causes and reviews an exhibition of Crimean War memorabilia at the Sadberk Hanim Museum.

  • The Best of Enemies

    From Issue 43

    Barnaby Rogerson on the undying rivalry of Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq and Melchior Lorck

  • The Diving Diva

    From Issue 48

    John Carswell pays tribute to his friend Honor Frost, doyenne of underwater archaeology

  • Bloodshed in the Balkans

    From Issue 47

    The First Balkan War, a hundred years ago, is an obscure affair, overshadowed by the First World War that followed. But it ended the Ottoman Empire in Europe and came close to ending Turkey itself. It left almost half a million refugees and three times as many dead. David Barchard tells the story of a catastrophic conflict

  • Muted World

    From Issue 48

    Maggie Quigley-Pınar describes a book of photographs that evoke the spirit an almost-forgotten modern era: Istanbul in the 1970s

  • Fruit of the Gods

    From Issue 48

    The best table grapes in Istanbul are the fragrant, delicate skinned çavuş from the northern Aegean island of Bozcaada, ancient Tenedos, and the sweet sultaniye grapes from around Izmir.

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