For roughly the past two decades, increased emphasis on interconnectedness and flows on a global scale and shared histories within broader geographical and historical frameworks have shifted the attention of historians to local phenomena and places. This shift includes attention to the city scale, providing new conceptual grounds, especially for those working in premodern non-European contexts. Historians of the early modern Ottoman period have been part of this change. The substantial number of contributions made in recent decades to studies on early modern Istanbul, whose complexity continues to intrigue scholars, is therefore significant. A Companion to Early Modern Istanbul is a compilation of some of these collective scholarly efforts. Edited by Shirine Hamadeh and Çiğdem Kafescioğlu, whose seminal works are a testimony to this shift in foci and methodologies, the volume is composed of twenty-seven chapters, including an introduction, an opening essay, and five thematic rubrics, each composed of five...

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