Sinan's Autobiographies: Five Sixteenth-Century Texts.
Sinan's autobiographies; five sixteenth-century texts.
Ed. by Howard Crane et al.
Brill Academic Publishers
Studies and sources in Islamic art and architecture. Supplements to Muqarnas; v.11
Shortly before the Ottoman chief architect Sinan died in 1588 AD, he narrated his autobiography to the poet-painter Mustafa Sa'i Celebi (d. 1595-96). Five versions are preserved, three incomplete drafts with crossed-out lines and insertions that testify to an extensive editing process between Sinan and Mustafa, and two subsequently edited versions that are highly polished and were apparently widely circulated. All five are collected here for the first time, with critical editions in Arabic transliterated into Latin script, annotated English translations, and facsimiles of selected manuscript copies.
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