Explore Digital Ottoman Collection | The Aga Khan Library

The materials in the Aga Khan Library’s Ottoman Collection reveal almost a century of profound transformations in Turkey; they cover the Tanzimat – the mid-19th-century Ottoman reform movement – and span to the foundation of the Republic of Turkey, and the raise of Atatürk and his social and cultural reforms. The collection comprises about 500 titles on a wide range of topics – from literary works to historical and political treatises. Most of the books in the collection are printed editions in Ottoman Turkish, although it includes some manuscripts and early published titles in Modern Turkish too.
Among the literary works, there is a good selection of classic Divan, Ottoman poetry, and a significant collection of novels published by different authors in the post-Tanzimat period. This subset, with titles by authors drawing inspiration from the West, is of great interest to the study of late Ottoman literature.

The full list of titles in the Ottoman Collection is available in the Aga Khan Library’s catalogue.

A short overview of the Aga Khan Library historical collections.

The Aga Khan Library, London, a world-class resource for Islamic studies, houses an invaluable collection of rare books, manuscripts, and artefacts produced in different regions of the Muslim realm, part of which the library presents in digital format for the first time. The Aga Khan Library has digitised its extensive special collections to offer a wide range of research materials on the history, politics, customs, and beliefs that have shaped the contemporary global Muslim community.  

Learn more: https://www.agakhanlibrary.digital/home

Author: Sujjawal Ahmad

Sujjawal is an invited blog author from Pakistan. He finds it extremely exciting to develop a deep love of cultures around the world. The stories that are about humanity, and emotion, that compel us as individuals, and connect our hearts and minds are the kinds of stories Sujjawal has always gravitated to, and the kinds he tells. He can be reached at: sujjawalahmed@gmail.com

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