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10. An Almanac for Ottoman Women: Notes on Ebüzziya Tevfik’s Takvîmü’n-nisâ (1317/1899)

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This paper presents a close reading of the second 'women's almanac' that appeared in Ottoman Turkish, namely Takvîmü'n-nisâ [Women's almanac], published in 1899 by Ebüzziya. The very significance of this almanac should be assessed in two distinct but interconnected historical contexts, namely that of Ottoman printing and Ottoman women's history. The chapter describes the flourishing activity of almanac publishing in the late nineteenth century. It presents Takvîmü'n-nisâ in the general framework of Ottoman women's history in the late 1890s and the relevant press targeting a female audience. The article on hairdressing included some simple drawings representing different hairstyles in ancient Greece, Rome, and modern Europe. It is especially thought-provoking because throughout the text, Ebüzziya gave the dates in the Gregorian calendar.

Keywords:almanac; Ebüzziya; Gregorian calendar; late nineteenth century; Ottoman printing; Ottoman women; Takvîmü'n-nisâ



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