reconsidering bithynian structures and their builders on the byzantine–ottoman cusp 157 SUNA ÇAĞAPTAY FRONTIERSCAPE: RECONSIDERING BITHYNIAN STRUCTURES AND THEIR BUILDERS ON THE BYZANTINEOTTOMAN CUSP A moon arose from the holy man’s breast and came to sink in Osman Ghazi’s breast. A tree then sprouted from his navel, and its shade compassed the world… [When Osman awoke] he went and told the story to the sheikh, who said, ‘Osman, my son, congratulations for the imperial office [bestowed by God] on you and your descendants.’ — ʿ Aşıkpaşazade 1 For a long time it has been said that the Ottomans do not have an architecture particular to their nation; being tribes with tents, they remained strangers to the art of construction, and their public edifices are the works of foreigners, Arab and Persian architects initially, and Greek architects afterwards. No other type of edifice provides better proof of this fact than their religious monuments. —Charles F. Texier 2 We return once again to the dream of Osman (d. 1324), in which the eponymous founder of the Ottomans inherits the responsibility to lead his people forward. The imagery in the dream, as noted by many previous commentators, is sublime and mythic,
Muqarnas Online – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2011
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