About the Journal

Ottoman Studies is a manuscript science, and all scholars who work on manuscripts know this situation: one "discovers" (Turkish keşif means "discovery") accidentally short texts in manuscripts--single poems, letters, contracts and marginal notes of different, often private matters. Individually and by themselves, these discoveries are often only small pieces of the mosaic, fascinating and too good to ignore, but on the other hand of too little substance for publication on their own.

By founding the journal Keshif, we aim to fulfil a desideratum that has long been keenly felt in scholarly circles for the treatment of precisely these kinds of texts.

Our vision for Keshif is to provide a forum (and medium) for researchers to make these fragments accessible to a wider audience, including non-Ottomanists, i.e. to bring together the many pieces of the mosaic, such that complete pictures gradually emerge. Keshif is an electronic journal dedicated to collecting and editing small, fine texts and providing easy, free access to the material through a database with sound search functions.