The Taksim water network, 1730-33. Political consolidation, dynastic legitimization, and social networks

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The Taksim water network, 1730-33. Political consolidation, dynastic legitimization, and social networks

Type: Research master thesis
Title: The Taksim water network, 1730-33. Political consolidation, dynastic legitimization, and social networks
Author: Wielemaker, Alexander Frans
Issue Date: 2015
Keywords: Taksim
Ottoman history
Mahmud I
Ahmed III
Tulip Age
Eighteenth century
Fountain architecture
Water infrastructure
Negotiated empire
Ottoman dynasty
Ottoman Baroque
Saliha Valide Sultan
Hekimoglu Ali Pasa
Abstract: The implementation of the Taksim water network was initiated near the end of the reign of Ahmed III, but was interrupted as a consequence of the Patrona Revolt in September 1730. The uprising brought about the deposal of Ahmed III in favor of his nephew Mahmud I who continued the Taksim project sometime after the unrest in the capital was suppressed. The water network supplied the neighborhoods of Kasımpaşa, Galata, Tophane, Fındıklı, and Kabataş, and was primarily financed from the privy purse of Saliha Valide Sultan. In addition, the queen mother selected a number of wealthy and loyal dignitaries to invest in the project by means of a monumental fountain. The fountain network confirmed the social contract that was negotiated between the sultan and his favorites, and put the social network of the former at the center of a "negotiated empire". The Taksim water project sheds new light on the concept of centralization in historiography, and expands our understanding of the processes through which wealth, power, and prestige were regulated in Ottoman society.
Supervisor: Theunissen, H.P.A.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Middle Eastern Studies (Research master)
Specialisation: Turkish studies
ECTS Credits: 30
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/33106
 

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