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The Architectural Refashioning of Eighteenth-Century Istanbul
Assistant professor of Islamic art and architecture at Johns Hopkins University, and winner of a 2018 SAH/Mellon Author Award, Society of Architectural Historians, Ünver Rüstem turns his attention here to the adaptation of European Baroque style to the eighteenth-century architecture of Istanbul. This the first English-language book on the topic, and it shows how between 1740 and 1800 the Ottomans consciously co-opted European forms to craft a new, politically charged, and globally resonant image for their empire’s capital. Fully illustrated, and drawing on previously unpublished documents, it explains how this architecture was lauded by both Ottomans and foreigners for its fresh, cosmopolitan effect.