Revisiting an Ottoman Dynastic Celebration: Princely Weddings and Circumcisions in Edirne, 1675



This thesis offers a contextual examination of the 1675 imperial festival which took place in Edirne (Adrianople) during the reign of Mehmed IV (r. 1648-1687). It intends to present a holistic approach to the festival, after the study of Özdemir Nutku in 1972. Distinctively, this study manifests the grounds of the Ottoman court’s affairs for a festival gargantuan in scale at the late seventeenth century, as well as show many unseen layers of the festival. For the first time in the field, it introduces the firework expenses of a state-sponsored festival, revealing previously unexamined phases of such pyrotechnics broadly.

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