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Entangled Discourses: Scrutinizing Orientalist And Nationalist Legacies In The Architectural Historiography Of The "Lands Of Rum"

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This chapter provides an overview of the book Muqarnas: History and Ideology: Architectural Heritage of the "Lands of Rum" and its sections. The book is thematically organized in three sections and preceded by an introduction. The introductory chapter problematizes the essentializing uses of ethno-racial or regional identities, with specific reference to the concepts of "Rumi" and "Rumi-ness" in late medieval and early modern written sources. The first section critically addresses paradigms and methodologies pertaining to the art/architectural historiography of Anatolia, Syria/Egypt, Iran, and India. The second section examines in detail paradigmatic texts that have focused on this postmedieval tradition of architecture, exhibiting the entangled relationship between Orientalist and nationalist discourses from the late Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic. The final section analyses the ways in which contemporary policies of archaeology, museology, and preservation have been informed by and diverge from the "grand narratives" of art/architectural historiography.

Keywords: Anatolia; architectural historiography; Lands of Rum; late Ottoman Empire; Muqarnas; nationalist discourses; orientalist legacies; postmedieval tradition; Syria; Turkish Republic



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