Deux regards ottomans sur Alexandrie
Translation and commentary by Jean-Louis Bacqué-Grammont and Michel Tuchscherer
Pīrī Re’īs, Evliyā Çelebī

Études Alexandrines 30, Centre d'Études Alexandrines, Alexandrie, 2013,
ISBN 978-2-11-129853-8, ISSN 1110-6441

Ottoman literature concerning Alexandria is less than plentiful, but it holds a certain interest. In a text devoid of all attempts at style, Piri Reis (ca. 1470-1554) gives a description of Alexandria’s two ports and the adjacent coastlines designed to be of use to sailors. The text of Evliya Çelebi (1611-ca. 1684) is entirely different. Taken from the tenth and last volume of his travelogue, this text blithely mingles precise information and descriptions with improbable anecdotes. These two views of Alexandria, presented here with numerous commentaries, can considerably enrich our existing knowledge of the town, which is principally based upon the accounts of European travellers.
Cover image: Detail of a chart of Alexandria's ports, 1526 (BNF 956, f° 357v-358r), reproduced on page 53.

أن الأدب العثماني الخاص بالإسكندرية ليس بالوفير، ولكنه مثير للاهتمام. وفي نص خالي من أي تنقيح أدبي، قدم لنا رئيس بيري (v.1470 – 1554)، وصف استخدمه الملاحون لمينائي الإسكندرية والشواطئ المحيطة. ويختلف عنه تماما نص أوليا جلبي (1611 وحتى 1684). هذا النص مأخوذ من الجزء العاشر والأخير من رواياته لأسفاره، وبه تتشابك المعلومات والأوصاف الدقيقة مع القصص التي لا تصدق. هاتان النظرتان على مدينة الإسكندرية والمقدمتان هنا يصاحبهما العديد من التعليقات. وتأتيان لإثراء المعرفة التي كنا نمتلكها من خلال روايات الرحالة الأوروبيين.

Jean-Louis Bacqué-Grammont, emeritus director of research with the CNRS and former director of the French Institute for Anatolian Studies in Istanbul (1984-1991), has written more than 200 academic works on the history and civilisation of the Turkish and particularly Ottoman world.
Michel Tuchscherer, emeritus professor at the University of Aix-Marseille, was director of CEFAS (Centre français d'archéologie et de sciences sociales de Sanaa, Yemen) from 2009 to 2013. He is a member of IREMAM (Institut de recherches et d'études sur le monde arabe et musulman).

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