The Social Life of an Ottoman Gentleman, ca. 1550

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Date and time Tuesday 15 November 2022
16:00 - 17:30 (London GMT)
19:00 - 20:30 (Ankara UTC+3)

Speakers Helen Pfeifer
University of Cambridge

Event Summary

Ottoman gentlemen cultivated intense social lives. Their reception chambers were almost always filled with guests visiting on business or for pleasure. This talk, which is based on Pfeifer’s new book Empire of Salons, examines the role informal gatherings played in defining the contours of the Ottoman elite. It proceeds through the various steps contemporaries had to take to secure their place in exclusive circles. Accepted within such circles, though, concerns over status did not disappear, as a 1555 gathering gone wrong makes clear. 

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Event Speakers

Helen Pfeifer

University of Cambridge

Helen Pfeifer is University Associate Professor in Early Ottoman History at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Christ's College. Her first book, Empire of Salons: Conquest and Community in Early Modern Ottoman Lands came out with Princeton University Press in 2022.