Some Methodological Issues Arising Out of Tuncer Bagiskan's Ottoman, Islamic and Islamised Monuments in Cyprus
AuthorSinclair, Thomas A.
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This short article takes the form of a series of observations on Tuncer Bagiskan's book, the English translation of which was published as above. These observations, thematically diverse, are made in connection with general points of scholarly methodology. The article will partake also of the spirit and form of a review. My observations spring from the very close acquaintance with a text which a translator gradually acquires. The observations in question are grouped under three headings: questions of arrangement, where we examine the advantages and disadvantages of the arrangement of material in the bookart-historical questions, which concern particularly the rightness and wrongness of assigning monuments to given origins on the basis of particular featuresand issues arising out of the inscriptions on monuments. The latter issues concern, first, the technique of translating into English Ottoman monumental inscriptions, and, secondly, the historiographical use that can be made of a series of inscriptions which fall into the period of the Greek War of Independence (1821-29). ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]Copyright of Archivum Ottomanicum is the property of Otto Harrassowitz Verlag and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)