Nigar Hanim - an Ottoman Turkish poetess

Wasti S. T.

MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, vol.59, no.1, pp.22-34, 2023 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 59 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00263206.2022.2050701
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Geobase, Historical Abstracts, Index Islamicus, Jewish Studies Source, Linguistic Bibliography, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, PAIS International, Political Science Complete, Public Affairs Index, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.22-34
  • Keywords: Nigar binti Osman, autobiographical diaries, Late Ottoman Turkish literature, female Turkish poets, Istanbul society in the nineteenth century
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The second half of the nineteenth century in the Ottoman Empire was a period when, with increasing literacy and education, combined with the growing role played by Turkish women in social and professional life, literary activity also registered a marked increase. Books, journals and newspapers in Turkish, and also in other languages, attracted high levels of readership. The article introduces the life and works of Nigar binti Osman, certainly the most prominent female Ottoman Turkish poet of the closing decades of the Ottoman Empire. Over a hundred years after her death, interest in the life as well as the literary output of Nigar Hanim remains high.