Ottoman Gardens of the Islamic World with Dr. Sabahat Adil - Context Travel

Ottoman Gardens of the Islamic World with Dr. Sabahat Adil


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In this seminar, learners will journey to the Ottoman Empire in order to gain a sense of gardens in the Ottoman world. Many of these gardens were tied to palatial settings, and they were highly adapted to their environments in terms of topography and climate and functional in nature.

Ottoman gardens were both highly functional and cognizant of their environment and also aesthetically pleasing. In this seminar, learners will explore the key features of Ottoman gardens such as its core elements, including flora, pools, and more, and also gain valuable perspective from European travelers who visited many of these gardens and wrote about them in first-hand accounts. In this vein, we will visit a few specific sites, including the garden of Edirne Palace, and focus on the work of the famed Ottoman architect Sinan in order to showcase how structures and the natural landscapes that surrounded them were integrated. In addition to exploring Ottoman gardens, learners will also be given insights into the representation of gardens and flora in Ottoman paintings, which reveal a great deal about how gardens and such spaces were used by people in the past.

Led by an expert on Mediterranean and Islamic history and culture, Dr. Sabahat Adil, this interactive seminar will explore the dynamic history of Ottoman gardens and landscapes. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of gardens of the Ottoman Empire after taking this seminar and be able to relate it to their own knowledge of gardens in other parts of the world.

This conversation is part of a four-part series on Gardens of the Islamic world by Dr. Sabahat Adil. Each seminar can be joined independently and in any order.

Passionate about the past and its connections with the present, Sabahat Adil, PhD has expertise on the history of the Mediterranean and Islamic worlds, particularly in terms of cultural history. She earned her PhD from the University of Chicago and has taught extensively at a variety of institutions, including the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Newberry Library. Her research and publications focus on the history of North Africa and medieval Iberia. Sabahat has also worked in museum settings, including the Freer and Sackler in Washington, D.C. and the Field Museum in Chicago.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Wonderful teacher

A fascinating subject taught by a knowledgeable and engaging professor.

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Ottoman Gardens

brilliant lecture!!!

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Great lecture!

Enjoyed your lecture so much. I am interested in gardens as different cultures interpret them, and your discussion of Ottoman gardens was illuminating.

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Lots of words. Too little about gardens

Dr talked a lot but departed very little info on the subject. And no pictures for twenty minutes. Taking a valuable few minutes on Islamic circumcison added nothing to gardens. Are their no contemporary gardens in Istanbul. St Louis. Really!!
Dr T Madden is an example of how to depart much info in an hour and not waste time. I was very disappointed.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
80%
(4)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
20%
(1)
0%
(0)
E
E.D.
Wonderful teacher

A fascinating subject taught by a knowledgeable and engaging professor.

A
A.G.
Ottoman Gardens

brilliant lecture!!!

V
V.H.
Great lecture!

Enjoyed your lecture so much. I am interested in gardens as different cultures interpret them, and your discussion of Ottoman gardens was illuminating.

A
A.

Guest did not leave comment

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N.
Lots of words. Too little about gardens

Dr talked a lot but departed very little info on the subject. And no pictures for twenty minutes. Taking a valuable few minutes on Islamic circumcison added nothing to gardens. Are their no contemporary gardens in Istanbul. St Louis. Really!!
Dr T Madden is an example of how to depart much info in an hour and not waste time. I was very disappointed.