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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES / LATE OTTOMAN EMPIRE: أتنوغرافيا. علم اقوام [Etnoğrafya. İlm-i Akvam / Ethnography. Science on People]



An Ottoman work on indigenous peoples of the world


8°. 408 pp. with black and white illustrations, original illustrated wrappers (wrappers with minor staining and cracks on the spine, otherwise in a clean, unbound condition).


A detailed, richly illustrated Ottoman work describes indigenous peoples from the whole world, including their costumes, decoration, tattoos, art etc.
The author Sati al-Husri, who based this work on contemporary Western sources, was an Ottoman educator of Syrian origins and born in Sana’a, Yemen. In May 1909, he became the director of the Teachers’ Institute in Istanbul. He traveled to various

The author Sati’ al-Husri’s was born to a upper class Syrian family of government officials in Sana’a, Yemen. After receiving education through the public system and not religious schools, he was in 1909 appointed head of the Teachers’ Institute (Darülmuallimin) in Istanbul, where he started major reforms in the public education system. He traveled to various European countries several times.

After 1916 Sati’ al-Husri distanced himself from the Ottoman empire and moved towards pan-Arabic movement. In the next years he became one of the symbols of Arab nationalism in the modern era by establishing Syrian Ministry of Education in 1919, and instituting the foundations of the modern education in Syria and Iraq. In 1923, Sati‘ al-Husri authored one of the basic primers for the Arabic language (القراءة الخلدونية), which is in updated versions still in use today.

The bibliography of Ottoman prints wrongly quotes that this book was printed for high schools for girls (ÖZEGE; 5240).

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