Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor in Islamic and Asian Art
Professor Fetvacı’s research areas include the arts of the book in the Islamic world, and Ottoman, Mughal and Safavid art and architecture. Her courses cover a wide range from medieval Iran and Central Asia to the early-modern Mediterranean, and focus on painting and portable arts as well as architecture. Her first book, Picturing History at the Ottoman Court (Indiana University Press, 2013), was awarded the 2014 M. Fuat Köprülü Book Prize by the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association. Her latest monograph, The Album of the World Emperor: Cross-Cultural Collecting and Album Making at the Ottoman Court (Princeton University Press, 2019), focuses on an imperial album created for the Ottoman sultan Ahmed I (r. 1603-1617), and examines the art and architecture produced during the sultan’s reign. The Album of the World Emperor has been nominated for the 2021 Charles Rufus Morey Award of the College Art Association. Her most recent project examines artistic connections between the Ottoman and Mughal Empires. Fetvacı is also the editor, with Erdem Çipa, of Writing History at the Ottoman Court (IUP, 2013). Her first book and the co-edited volume have both been translated into Turkish. Among other venues, her articles have appeared in the Art Bulletin, Ars Orientalis, and Muqarnas. She has held a Stanford University Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship as well as been a member at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.
The Album of the World Emperor: Cross-Cultural Collecting and the Art of Album Making in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul (Princeton University Press, 2019).
Nusretname: Bir Gazaname Yazmasının Sultani Ihtişamı/Nusretname: Imperial Magnificence in a Gazaname Manuscript (MAS Matbaa ve Yayıncılık, Istanbul, in production).
Osmanlı Sarayında Tarih Yazımı (Turkish translation of Writing History at the Ottoman Court, Tarih Vakfı Yurt Yayınları, Istanbul, 2014).
Picturing History at the Ottoman Court (Indiana University Press, 2013).
Sarayın İmgeleri: Osmanlı Sarayının Gözüyle Resimli Tarih (Turkish translation of Picturing History at the Ottoman Court, Yapı Kredi Publications, Istanbul, 2013).
Writing History at the Ottoman Court: Editing the Past, Fashioning the Future, co-edited with Erdem Çıpa (Indiana University Press, 2013).
Articles and Book Chapters
“Visualizing Urban Festivals in the Ottoman Empire: A Comparison of the Sixteenth and Eighteenth Centuries,” in Lauren Cannady and Jennifer Ferng, eds. Crafting Artisanal Praxis: Networks of Power in the Long Eighteenth Century (Oxford University Press, forthcoming June 2021)
“Courtly Spaces: Visual and Material Culture,” in Çiǧdem Kafesçioǧlu and Shirine Hamadeh, eds., Brill Companion to Early-Modern Istanbul (Brill, forthcoming 2021).
"The album of Mehmed III: An Inquiry into Genre," in Serpil Baǧcı and Aslıhan Erkmen eds., Prof. Dr. Zeren Tanındı Armaǧanı: İslam Dünyasında Kitap Kültürü ve Sanatı (Festschrift for Prof. Dr. Zeren Tanındı: Arts and Culture of the Book in the Islamic World), in production, forthcoming 2021.
“La Jetée and the Illustrated Ottoman History: an Inquiry into Word, Image, and Audience,” forthcoming in A Festschrift for Cemal Kafadar, ed. Ilham Khuri-Makdisi, Rachel Goshgarian and Ali Yaycıoǧlu, forthcoming 2021.
“Persian Aesthetics in Ottoman Albums,” 402-412 in Sabine Schmidtke, ed., Studying the Near and Middle East at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1935-2018 (Gorgias Press, 2018).
"Painting, From Royal to Urban Patronage" (with Christiane Gruber), in Gülru Necipoǧlu and Finbarr Barry Flood, eds. A Companion to Islamic Art and Architecture (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017).
“Ottoman Author Portraits in the Early-Modern Period,” in Emotions and Subjectivity in the Early-Modern Islamic World, ed. Kishwar Rizvi (Brill, 2017)
"The Gaze in the Album of Ahmed I," Muqarnas 32 (2015): 135-154.
"From Print to Trace: An Ottoman Imperial Portrait Book and Its Western-European models," Art Bulletin, vol. 95, no. 2 (June 2013): 243-268.
"Others and Other Geographies in the Şehnāme-i Selīm Ḫān," The Journal of Ottoman Studies vol. 40 (2012): 81-100.
"The Album of Ahmed I" Ars Orientalis, vol. 42 (2012): 127-138.
“Enriched Narratives and Empowered Images in Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Manuscripts,” Ars Orientalis vol. 40 (2011): 243-266.
"The Art of Osman Hamdi Bey," (expanded) in Renata Holod and Robert Ousterhout, eds., Osman Hamdi Bey and the Americans: Archaeology, Diplomacy, Art (Pera Museum Publications: Istanbul, 2011).
“Love in the Album of Ahmed I,” Journal of Turkish Studies 34/II (Fall 2010): 37-51.
“The Production of the Şehnāme-i Selīm Ḫān,” Muqarnas 26 (2009): 263-315.
“The Grand and the Terrible: European Visions of Ottomans,” in James Clifton, ed., The Plains of Mars: European War Prints, 1500-1825, from the Collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation (New Haven and Houston: Yale University Press and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2009).
“Music, Light and Flowers: The Changing Aesthetics of Ottoman Architecture,” Journal of Turkish Studies 32/I (Fall 2008): 221-240.
“The Office of Ottoman Court Historian,” in Robert Ousterhout, ed., Studies on Istanbul and Beyond: The Freely Papers, vol. 1 (Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2007).
Ottoman History Podcast: “Picturing History at the Ottoman Court.” Hosted by Emily Neumeier and Nir Shafir, January 2016.
“The Art of Osman Hamdi Bey,” in Archaeologists and Travelers in Ottoman Lands: An Exhibtion at Penn Museum (www. Ottomanlands.com), October 2010.