Historical texts of the early modern Ottoman period (16th century) constitute an absolute rarity in the digital world, let alone in digital editions that combine facsimiles with transcribed digital texts that allow exploring and searching the source.
The digital versions of so-called mecmuas (collections of miscellaneous texts by one or several authors compiled for mainly private use) grew out of the project Early Modern Ottoman Culture of Learning: Popular Learning between Poetic Ambitions and Pragmatic Concerns (funded by the Austrian Science Fund) which explores aspects of the culture of learning in early modern Ottoman society, in particular those areas of learning used and cultivated outside the official Ottoman institutions of learning, the medreses. The main sources used in the project for this investigation are the encyclopaedia Netaic ül-fünun by the 16th century scholar and poet Nevi and a number of mecmuas preserved in the Austrian National Library and the Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv (Austrian State Archives) in Vienna.
The project has been pursuing three main perspectives:
01 January 2012 – 31 December 2015