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Author: Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırım

Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırım received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 2002. Her dissertation was on the topic of the earliest illustrated manuscripts of the Ottomans from the 15th and 16th centuries. During her doctoral studies she was a fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and studied the Museum’s Ottoman and Persian manuscripts. She also worked as a research assistant for Dr. Marilyn Jenkins-Madina for many years on the publication of the Metropolitan Museum’s Raqqa ceramics. As a result of her independent research she authored the section “The Ottoman response to illicit digging in Raqqa” in Raqqa Revisited: The ceramics of Ayyubid Syria by M. Jenkins-Madina published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press in 2006. She has taught at Bilkent, Hacettepe and Başkent Universities in Turkey. Currently she works as an independent scholar with a grant from the Barakat Trust, Oxford University, to collaborate with two conservators on a study of a group of unpublished Safavid and Ottoman Korans at the Konya Mevlana Museum. An article published by her in Muqarnas “A 1498-99 Khusraw va Shirin: Turning the pages of an Ottoman illustrated manuscript” in 2005 won the first Margaret B. Sevcenko Prize in Islamic Art awarded by Historians of Islamic Art Association. Her recent interests focus on the history of objects in the Ottoman Imperial Museum, Konya Mevlana Museum and the Berlin Islamische Museum. [email protected]

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Turning the pages of an Ottoman illustrated manuscript

This essay is the 2004 Winner of the Margaret B. Sevcenko Prize in Islamic Art and Culture This paper focuses on an Ottoman illustrated manuscript copied in 1498-99, which is now in the…

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