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Dear colleagues, It is my pleasure to introduce you the latest publication of SALT. I believe it might be of some interest to you. Lorans Tanatar Baruh Associate Director of Research and Programs Scramble for the Past: A Story of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, 1753-1914 Edited by Zainab Bahrani, Zeynep Çelik, Edhem Eldem Istanbul: SALT, November 2011, 519 p. ISBN 9789944731270 http://saltonline.org/en/#!/en/194/gecmise-hucum-yayinlar_break/ Scramble for the Past explores the historiography of archaeology in the Ottoman domains between the founding of London's British Museum in 1753 and that of Istanbul's Evkaf Museum of Islamic art in 1914. It sees the rise of archaeology not as an alien western imposition upon the east, or indeed as a purely European invention, but as a process that emerged out of an interaction between Europe and the Ottoman world. Essays by fifteen leading international scholars explore the relationship of archaeology to politics, ideology, and national identity as well as the influences of the ancient finds on popular culture. Filled with anecdote and incident, richly illustrated with period paintings, sculptures, postcards, photographs, documents, and rarities from the Ottoman archives, Scramble for the Past offers a fascinating new look at the modern invention of the ancient world. Contents A Note on Spelling, Transliteration, and Dating Map: The Ottoman Empire Acknowledgments Introduction: Archaeology and Empire -- Zainab Bahrani, Zeynep Çelik, and Edhem Eldem Interlude: A Late Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Painting and Novella Indigenous Archaeologies in Ottoman Greece -- Yannis Hamilakis "An Inconsiderate Love of the Arts": The Spoils of Greek Antiquities, 1780-1820 -- George Tolias Interlude: An Egyptian Historian Observes British Archaeologists The Layard Enterprise: Victorian Archaeology and Informal Imperialism in Mesopotamia -- Shawn Malley Untold Tales of Mesopotamian Discovery -- Zainab Bahrani Archaeological Travels in Greece and Asia Minor: On the Good Use of Ruins in Nineteenth-Century France -- Sophie Basch The Rediscovery of Constantinople and the Beginnings of Byzantine Archaeology: A Historiographic Survey -- Robert Ousterhout Ernest Renan's Expedition to Phoenicia -- Henry Laurens Interlude: Osman Hamdi and Ernest Renan The Venus de Milo: Genesis of a Modern Myth -- Philippe Jockey The "Rediscovery" of Baalbek: A Metaphor for Empire in the Nineteenth Century -- Ussama Makdisi From Blissful Indifference to Anguished Concern: Ottoman Perceptions of Antiquities, 1799-1869 -- Edhem Eldem Archaeology and Cultural Politics: Ottoman-Austrian Relations -- Hubert Szemethy Interlude: The Stories Behind a Letter Ernst Herzfeld and the Excavations at Samarra -- Filiz Çakır Phillip A Fin-de-Siècle Reconnaissance of Seljuk Anatolia: Friedrich Sarre and His Reise in Kleinasien -- Oya Pancaroğlu Interlude: Halil Edhem on the Museum of Pious Foundations From Mausoleum to Museum: Resurrecting Antiquity for Ottoman Modernity -- Wendy M. K. Shaw Defining Empire's Patrimony: Late Ottoman Perceptions of Antiquities -- Zeynep Çelik Interlude: The Museum as a Civic Tool Contributors Selected Bibliography Index Credits and Permissions ###