© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/007865209X12555048403411 Oriens 37 (2009) 103-105 brill.nl/orie Th e Ottomans and Wealth: A Comparative Perspective Introduction Ebru Boyar Middle East Technical University, Ankara Kate Fleet University of Cambridge In July 2007 the Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies, Newnham College, University of Cambridge, held a conference on Th e Ottomans and Wealth: a Comparative Perspective . Th e aim of the conference was to consider all aspects of wealth, from the making and bequeathing of it to its concealment or dis- play, its uses in the construction of personal power and political inﬂ uence, spiritual wealth, and patterns in the distribution of income. Although the focus was on the Ottoman world, the conference sought to bring in scholars from other ﬁ elds in order to give a comparative perspective. Th e conference therefore included papers on early Islam, Spanish America, Peru, medieval Europe, the Roman empire and the Mamluk sultanate. In the collection of articles presented here wealth is considered from various angles, how it was envisioned, who made it and how, its distribution and its power as propaganda. Using the Venetian relazioni , other narratives and maps of the period, Palmira Brummett
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