Abstract - Some Remarks on the Development of Science and Technology in the Ottoman State
A cursory look will be made at the development of science and technology at the Ottoman State. A special reference will be made on the development of educational institutions during the reign of Mehmet the Conqueror and Suleyman the Magnificent. In order to transform the new capital into a centre of learning, Mehmet had a mosque complex (külliye) constructed on the crest of one of the hills of Istanbul. Within the complex he had madrasas built which could be considered as expressions of his centralized approach and policies in the areas of scholarship-science and education.
On the second of the seven hills upon which Istanbul was built; Suleyman the Magnificent constructed the mosque complex that would constitute the apogee of Ottoman culture, art and education. The construction of this complex, which reflected the grandeur of the Age of Suleyman the Magnificent, and the genius of its chief architect Sinan (1550-1557) marked the initiation of a phase of important developments and innovations in Ottoman education. Various schools and madrasas were constructed around the mosque, offering a variety of levels and specialized areas of education.
by: Professor Mehmet Ipsirli, Fri 15 July, 2011