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Red SeaIn Search of Lost Space$
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Alexis Wick

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520285910

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520285910.001.0001

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Thalassology alla Turca

Thalassology alla Turca

Six Theses on the Philosophy of History

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Red Sea

Alexis Wick

University of California Press

This chapter examines “the Ottoman Red Sea” from the perspective of time and space through the objectivist analytic of Braudellian-inspired thalassology. It considers the genealogical layers that explain the surprising absence of a proper history of the Ottoman Red Sea by offering six theses on the fundamental question of what frames Ottoman history. It first discusses the three domains that lie at the basis of history writing—the conceptual, the archival, and the empirical—before expounding on each of the six theses. One thesis is that the Ottoman Red Sea does not exist because of a long-standing identification of maritimity with Europe, and the collateral affitmation of the incompatibility of Islam and the sea. The chapter reveals what the philosophy of history looks like from the Bosporus and explains why the history of the Ottoman Red Sea does not exist.

Keywords:   time, space, Ottoman history, Red Sea, Europe, Islam, philosophy of history, Bosporus, thalassology

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