Turkey in the 1800s - Question about day-to-day details.
April 11, 2011 12:59 PM Subscribe
Turkey/Istanbul/Constantinople/19th Century History question. I need some help discovering some basic cultural info - naming conventions, religious practices and beliefs, headwear details. All specific to Istanbul/Constantinople between 1790s and 1820s. Specific questions inside.
posted by TangoCharlie to Society & Culture (10 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm having a hard time coming up with Google keywords that don't deliver a lot of noise, and what I do find, I'm not sure if I'm using correctly (specifically, the name). I'm also not much of a history scholar nor do I personally know any history scholars. And it seems like the sort of day-to-day information I'm looking for is not something that gets written up a lot.
I've written (and/or am editing) some fiction and I'd like to double-check the cultural accuracy. Here's what I'm wondering. All within the context of Istanbul between 1790 and 1820:
- For persons of Turkish ancestry, what form did names take? Firstname + Familyname? Would it change depending on the religious affiliation of the family?
- What was the religious makeup of the area like? What religious affiliation would the ruling family(ies) have (the sultan and other officials, for example)? What about, say, a Janissary officer?
- Help me understand the different headwear - in visual reference, I see so many different shapes, and I would like to understand the significance of one shape or another. Or what, for example, the signification would between wearing nothing, wearing a fez, wearing a turban with the sort of integrated fez, or a turban sans-fez. (Apologies if my terminology is inaccurate).
Thanks for your time, everyone!