Parution : Emily Neumeier, Benjamin Anderson (Eds), Hagia Sophia in the Long Nineteenth Century, Edinburgh University Press, 2024


Hagia Sophia in the Long Nineteenth Century

Edited by Emily Neumeier, Benjamin Anderson







Uncovers a diversity of local encounters with Hagia Sophia in the late Ottoman Empire 

  • Examines the “biography” of a single monument from multiple points of view
  • Nine chapters present a variety of methodological approaches drawn from the fields of history and art history
  • Emphasis on local or non-traditional discourses in the Ottoman Empire and beyond
  • Considers the physical changes to the structure, decoration and surroundings of Hagia Sophia
  • Opens new avenues of research for readers interested in alternative accounts of modernity

Hagia Sophia—a building whose domes have defined Istanbul’s skyline for over 1500 years—has led many lives. Initially a church, subsequently a mosque, then a museum, the structure is today a monument of world heritage, even as its official status remains contested. Hagia Sophia’s global fame took shape during the long nineteenth century, when Europeans “discovered” its architectural significance. But what role did local actors play in the creation of Hagia Sophia as a modern monument?

This book seeks out the audiences of this building beyond its Western interpreters, from Ottoman officials to the diverse communities of Istanbul. Chronologically bracketed by the major renovation of the structure in the 1740s and its conversion into a museum in 1934, this volume traces the gradual transformation of Hagia Sophia within the Ottoman imaginary from imaret (mosque complex) to eser (monument); that is, from lived space to archaeological artifact.

Emily Neumeier is Assistant Professor of Islamic art and architecture at Temple University, Philadelphia. She studies the visual and spatial cultures of the eastern Mediterranean, with a focus on the Ottoman Empire, and her research has been published in venues such as the International Journal of Islamic Architecture, the Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association, and History and Anthropology.

Benjamin Anderson is Associate Professor of History of Art and Classics at Cornell University. He is the author of Cosmos and Community in Early Medieval Art (Yale University Press, 2017) and co-editor of Is Byzantine Studies a Colonialist Discipline? Toward a Critical Historiography (Penn State University Press, 2023), and The Byzantine Neighbourhood: Urban Space and Political Action (Routledge, 2022)

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