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Sibel Zandi-Sayek
College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA 23186-0002)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2007 – 7/31/2008

A World in Flux: The Politics of Space in 19th-Century Izmir

This book analyzes the modernizing efforts in Izmir/Smyrna as a reflection of the larger drive to modernize in the Ottoman Empire during the nineteenth century. It is the first study that sets aside the “sick man of Europe” stereotype along with narrowly constructed nationalist or colonial interpretations. Using a new interpretive framework and a wide variety of sources, it examines the actual processes by which social, political, and economic life in the city were transformed, as its physical structure and visual appearance changed. In doing so, it brings to light dynamic public spheres that radically challenges the neatly defined ethnic, national, and religious categories heretofore used to analyze Ottoman cities.