MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
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MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES
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Nigar binti Osman, autobiographical diaries, Late Ottoman Turkish literature, female Turkish poets, Istanbul society in the nineteenth century
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.