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Title: The Ottomanization of the History of Knowledge
Subtitle: The Historia literaria turcarum of Georg Hieronymus Welsch (1624-1677)
Author(s): KELLER, Vera
Volume: 46 Issue: 2 Date: 2019
This study of the lost manuscript, the historia literaria Turcarum of the largely forgotten Georg Hieronymus Welsch (1624-1677), is a contribution to the history of knowledge, a still emerging field. Welsch’s study of Ottoman scholarly practices integrated craft knowledge, such as the making of marbled paper, and the analysis of prior Turkish textual sources on the history of scholarship, as a unified enterprise. Although Welsch’s manuscript itself was eventually lost, it formed the nucleus of widespread collaborative research, spurring much correspondence and several responses. This collaboration offers a view of the intellectual geography of the period uniting practical and scholarly forms of knowledge and circulating across a network stretching from Augsburg to Istanbul and further afield to Aleppo. A study of the historia literaria Turcarum enriches our view of the development of the genre of historia literaria more generally.