Tansuğ, Feryal. '"English abstract of 'Bebek: Locations and Periods'". Translated by Aysu Dinçer. In Cities as Built and Lived Environments: Scholarship from Muslim Contexts, 1875 to 2011, by Aptin Khanbaghi. 26. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014.
Kayra, Cahit. Bebek: Mekânlar ve Zamanlar. İstanbul: Akbank, 1993, 195pp.
Bebek: Locations and Periods
Bebek: Mekânlar ve Zamanlar
The author narrates the history of the neighbourhood of Bebek in the Ottoman period, placing it within the framework of important internal and external affairs that affected the Empire.
The book focuses mainly on the Akıntıburnu and the Bebek-Rumelihisarı coastal lines, without references to residential areas further inland. It utilises secondary sources and includes various drawings, old and new photographs of the coast and other views, as well as plans from all periods.
The author follows a chronological order in this study, starting from the fifteenth century and ending with the twentieth century.
When talking about some of the old buildings on the Bebek coast, he mentions their occupiers: their first owners, the people who bought them later on and the way these buildings were demolished. He provides information on plots of land that once belonged to foundations, which were later turned into residential areas and sold on to palace employees and important administrators. He also talks about famous statesmen and leading merchants, such as Ahmet Resmi Efendi, Pariegar Krikor Efendi and Yusuf Kamil Paşa, who had links to this neighbourhood between the fifteenth and twentieth centuries. The author uses numerous quotations from Evliya Çelebi, makes references to Şemdanizade’s History and focuses on registtry from Bostancı to point out the existence of non-Muslims in the neighbourhood. In the chapter named “Foreigners in Akıntıburnu”, he mentions that some rich Greek families had moved from Arnavutköy to Akıntıburnu: it is interesting that he uses the term “foreigners” when referring to the Ottoman non-Muslim population.
He notes that small houses were replaced by large mansions in the Tanzimat period and discusses the ways in which the changing political system affected the neighbourhood, by giving examples of the new families that moved into the old houses, the old houses that were stuck between new buildings and the mansions that were demolished. The author makes use of phone books from 1916 and 1947, to find out who lived in Bebek at the time.
Written in a story-book style, this book provides general information on the history of Bebek.