Possessors and Possessed by Wendy M.K. Shaw
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Possessors and Possessed
By Wendy M.K. Shaw

Possessors and Possessed

Museums, Archaeology and the Visualization of History in the Late Ottoman Empire

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Possessors and Possessed by Wendy M.K. Shaw

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"Possessors and Possessed" analyzes how and why museums - characteristically Western institutions - emerged in the late-nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire. Shaw argues that, rather than directly emulating post-Enlightenment museums of Western Europe, Ottoman elites produced categories of collection and modes of display appropriate to framing a new identity for the empire in the modern era. In contrast to late-nineteenth-century Euro-American museums, which utilized organizational schema based on positivist notions of progress to organize exhibits of fine arts, Ottoman museums featured military spoils and antiquities long before they turned to the 'Islamic' collections with which they might have been more readily associated. The development of these various modes of collection reflected shifting moments in Ottoman identity production. Shaw shows how Ottoman museums were able to use collection and exhibition as devices with which to weave counter-colonial narratives of identity for the Ottoman Empire. Impressive for both the scope and the depth of its research, "Possessors and Possessed" lays the groundwork for future inquiries into the development of museums outside of the Euro-American milieu.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520233355
ISBN-10: 0520233352
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 23-May-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Wendy M.K. Shaw

Wendy M. K. Shaw is Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Ohio State University, Columbus.

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