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Waḳʿa-Nüwīs
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, the title of the late Ottoman official historian.

The post of official historian, weḳāyi’-nüwīs , later waḳʿa-nüwīs (“events/event-writer”), in the Ottoman empire dates from the early 18th century. It was a position attached to the Ottoman central administration, which provided for a series of officially-appointed writers to compile a continuous, approved narrative of recent Ottoman history as a formal historical record, to be routinely printed and made available. The post continued in existence for two hundred years, until 1922, virtually the end of the Ottoman empire.

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Woodhead, Christine, “Waḳʿa-Nüwīs”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 21 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7829>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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