Post-Ottoman Coexistence: Sharing Space in the Shadow of by Rebecca Bryant

By Rebecca Bryant

In Southeast Europe, the Balkans, and center East, students usually consult with the “peaceful coexistence” of varied spiritual and ethnic teams below the Ottoman Empire sooner than ethnonationalist conflicts dissolved that shared house and created legacies of department. Post-Ottoman Coexistence interrogates methods of residing jointly and asks what practices enabled centuries of cooperation and sharing, in addition to how and whilst such sharing used to be disrupted. participants talk about either old and modern practices of coexistence in the context of ethno-national clash and its aftermath.

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The socio-ecological perspective on Cypriot neighborhoods therefore also reflects the wider picture of the Mediterranean equation of landscape and people. Local forms of daily coexistence did not cease with the end of Ottoman rule but survived well into the twentieth century. 2 These developments unfold prior to and along with the rise and consolidation of opposing Greek and Turkish national ideologies, the anti-colonial struggles of Greek nationalists (1955–59), as well as the violent clashes between the communities during the early years of the Republic (1963–64).

20. For more detail, see Bryant (2010). 21. I document this in a previous work (Bryant 2004), in which I devote a chapter to the transition from the Ottoman to the British legal systems. Complaints of the loss of authority by village elders are multitude, and British administrators received numerous letters vociferating against the centralized nature of the new system and the refusal to accept the word of village elders as binding to convict. In 1895, the Bishop of Kition, for instance, reported that “the people wish restrictions to be put on persons of bad character, on persons whom the Mukhtar [headman] and Ayas [Turkish ağa = elder] of a village may say are of bad character.

2004. Imagining the Modern: The Cultures of Nationalism in Cyprus. London: I. B. Tauris. ———. 2010. The Past in Pieces: Belonging in the New Cyprus. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. Candea, Matei. 2012. ): S34–S48. Candea, Matei, and Giovanni de Col. 2012. ): S1–S19. 34 Rebecca Bryant Çetin, Cemal. 2014. “Osmanlı Toplumunda Mahalleden İhraç Kararları ve Tatbiki: Konya Örneği (1645–1750)” [Neighborhood expulsion decisions and their implementation in Ottoman society: The Konya example (1645– 1750)].

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