The English volume of the exhibition, “Ottoman Arcadia: The Hamidian Expedition to the Land of Tribal Roots (1886),” edited by Bahattin Öztuncay (co-curator) and Özge Ertem, is on shelves. In conjunction with the exhibition, the book examines the locations where the Ottoman Empire was founded, and the meanings attributed to these in the past and in the nineteenth century. It includes articles by expert researchers and academicians, Selim Deringil, T.G. Otte, Sinan Kuneralp, Ahmet Ersoy (co-curator), Deniz Türker (co-curator), Beatrice St. Laurent, Reşat Kasaba, and Berin Gölönü. In the articles, they study the foundation myths, the relationship among history, memory and representation through nomads of Anatolia, monuments, and architectural works in the earliest settlements of the empire as well as late 19th century European-Ottoman diplomatic relations. In addition, many of the photographs and artifacts from the exhibition can be found as high-quality reproductions in an addendum in the book. Turkish language version of the publication translated by Umur Çelikyay is also available.
The book is available in Koç University Press and YKY stores.