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Evliyâ Çelebi et l'Europe

Edited by Faruk Bilici

The main part of this volume is dedicated to the file entitled “Evliyâ Çelebi and Europe”. It is derived from the international Symposium organized in 2011, November 14-15, at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) in Paris on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the birth of the ottoman traveller (1611-1684 ?). Year 2011was declared by UNESCO  “Evliyâ Çelebi’s Year” and we used this exceptional moment to analyse, through the Seyahatnâme (Travelogue), the vision, real or imaginary, that Evliyâ had formed about Europe and its inhabitants. Having travelled more than four decades, he had been through Caucasus, Iran, Arabia and Egypt too, but a relatively important part of his ten volumes, deals with the under ottoman authority Balkan and Danubian Europe, as well as the “Frank country”. The author, as usual, puts side by side, descriptions of minute accuracy and improbable, entertaining and sometimes bawdy stories. Such a mixture gives to his books the inimitable flavor, in the literature of the Islamic East in any case, that we wish to be more widely known in our climates.

The present issue presents papers from one Study Day and a Symposium organized by the INALCO-CEB (Centre for Balkan studies), “Greece in the Front page: of the French press on Greece in the 20th century”, and “Balkan women during the Occupation”.