They discuss natural resources and their use, as well as constraints of the polities; dead grandees and their inventories, including Chen Huizu, Ali Pasa, DarAaAeAeAEssaade Aghas of the 18th century imperial harem, and Nevsehir Damad Ibrahim Pasa
; textiles, pictures, and buildings in Yangzhou, Ba county in Sichuan Province, and Damascus, as well as womenAEs textile consumption in 1730s Bursa; food culture in the Istanbul market, China, and the early Kangxi court; and materials like brass, furs, pulu lists, diamonds, and bricks and tiles.
Focusing on the final decades of the Ottoman Empire, with an introductory sketch of what went before, they explore Milli Ibrahim Pasa
, Ziya Gokalp, and political struggle; the Armenian crisis of 1895; state, tribe, dynasty and the contest over Diyarbekir; land disputes in peasant petitions in post-revolutionary Diyarbekir; a preliminary investigation of some primary sources on Syriac Christians in the late 19th century; relations between Kurds and Syriacs and Assyrians; and Armenians and Kurds in the Young Turk era 1915-25.
padisah-i cihan Sultan Ahmed Han-i Salis hazretlerine ve dahi vezir-i a'zam damad-i padisahi Ibrahim Pasa hazretlerine ve Seyhu'l-islam-i asr olan Abdullah Efendi hazretlerine pakinze kasideler verip makbul-i fuhul olup ehliyeti zahir olmagla ibtida haric medresesi ihsan olunmusdur ..." (ALTUNER 1989:442).
Sairlere bagladigi saliyaneler, kendisinden sonra da Kanuni Sultan Suleyman devrinde Ibrahim Pasa 'nin olumune kadar devam etmistir (KILIC 1994:53).
Sultan Selim 'in surekli seferde olusu ve Kanuni doneminde kendisini sevmeyen Ibrahim Pasa yuzunden hayatinin son donemleri hayli sikinti icinde gecmistir (EYDURAN 1999:401).
Nedim was brought up as a religious scholar and teacher, and, winning the patronage of the grand vizier, Nevsehirli Ibrahim Pasa
, he received an appointment as a librarian.