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The Tarih-i Hind-i Garbi: Representing the Americas in the Ottoman Empire

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An interdisciplinary conference exploring the stories behind an Ottoman manuscript about the Americas.

Account of the Bolivian silver mine at Potosí from Tarih-i Yeni Dünya, el-musemma be hadis-i nev, c. 1600 (VAULT Ayer MS 612)


This symposium will examine one of the Newberry’s most renowned illuminated hybrid manuscripts, the Tarih-i Hind-i Garbi, from numerous vantage points. Produced in Ottoman Turkey around 1600, the text, images, and maps in this colorful book represent the Americas using a variety of Spanish and Italian sources. Scholars from diverse disciplines with expertise in colonial studies, Turkish history, Islamic studies, travel literature, cartography, and beyond will come together to explore the manuscript’s production, potential use, reception, and dissemination.


Thursday June 15

4:30 pm Keynote Address (Rettinger Hall)

"From the Book of Felicity to the New Report: Su'udi and the Ottoman Scientific Imagination in the Late Sixteenth Century"
Baki Tezcan (University of California-Davis)

6:00 pm Musical Performance (Ruggles Hall)

Music of the Ottoman Court

The Newberry Consort

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Friday June 16

9:30 am Coffee and Welcoming Remarks (Rettinger Hall)

Lia Markey (Newberry Library)

10:00-12:00 Panel 1

Moderator: Rajeev Kinra (Northwestern University)

"Tarih-i-Hind Garbi and the Pedagogy and Practice of Travel Writing"
Jyotsna Singh (Michigan State University)

"The Tarih-i Hindi Garbi and Ottoman Anti-Globalism"
Giancarlo Casale (University of Minnesota/European University Institute)

"Reinventing America: Reading and Writing Histories, New and Old"
Daniela Bleichmar (University of Southern California)

12-1:20 Lunch Break (on your own)

1:30-3:30 Panel 2

Moderator: Thadeus Dowad (Northwestern University)

"Tarih-i Yeni Dünya and Mapping the New World in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire"
Pinar Emiralioglu (Sam Houston State University)

"The Islamic Fantastic, from Brush to Pen and Back Again"
Amanda Hannoosh Steinberg (Harvard University)

“Strange Creatures and Amazing People: How the Ottomans Visualized the New World”
Sinem Casale (University of Minnesota/Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz)

3:30-3:45 Coffee Break

3:45-4:30 Discussion: The Future of the Newberry Tarih

Registration Information

This program will be free and open to the public, but registration in advance is required. Attendees from Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium institutions may be eligible to receive travel funds to cover the costs of attending this program.

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