As Night Falls: Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Cities after Dark

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In a world that is constantly awake, illuminated and exposed, there is much to gain from looking into the darkness of times past. This fascinating and vivid picture of nocturnal life in Middle Eastern cities shows that the night in the eighteenth-century Ottoman Empire created unique conditions for economic, criminal, political, devotional and leisurely pursuits that were hardly possible during the day. Offering the possibility of livelihood and brotherhood, pleasure and refuge; the darkness allowed confiding, hiding and conspiring - activities which had far-reaching consequences on Ottoman state and society in the early modern period. Instead of dismissing the night as merely a dark corridor between days, As Night Falls demonstrates how fundamental these nocturnal hours have been in shaping the major social, cultural and political processes in the early modern Middle East.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge; New York, NY
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages376
ISBN (Electronic)9781108933131, 1108933130
ISBN (Print)1108832148, 1108927777, 9781108832144, 9781108927772
StatePublished - 2021

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Nightlife -- Turkey -- Istanbul -- History -- 18th century
  • Istanbul (Turkey) -- Economic conditions -- 18th century
  • Istanbul (Turkey) -- Politics and government -- 18th century
  • Istanbul (Turkey) -- Social conditions -- 18th century
  • Istanbul (Turkey) -- Social life and customs -- 18th century
  • Jerusalem (Israel) -- Social life and customs -- 18th century
  • Turkey -- History -- Ottoman Empire, 1288-1918
  • ירושלים (ישראל) -- הווי ומנהגים -- המאה ה-18
  • القدس (إسرائيل) -- الحياة الاجتماعية والعادات -- القرن ١٨
  • טורקיה -- היסטוריה -- האימפריה העותומנית, 1288-1918
  • تركيا -- التاريخ -- الإمبراطورية العثمانية، 1288- 1918
  • Ottoman Empire -- History


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