ISBN-10:
1107529883
ISBN-13:
9781107529885
Pub. Date:
05/21/2015
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
ISBN-10:
1107529883
ISBN-13:
9781107529885
Pub. Date:
05/21/2015
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Empire and Power in the Reign of Süleyman: Narrating the Sixteenth-Century Ottoman World

Empire and Power in the Reign of Süleyman: Narrating the Sixteenth-Century Ottoman World

by Kaya SahinKaya Sahin

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Kaya Şahin's book offers a revisionist reading of Ottoman history during the reign of Süleyman the Magnificent (1520–1566). By examining the life and works of a bureaucrat, Celalzade Mustafa, Şahin moves beyond traditional, teleological approaches and argues that the empire was built as part of the Eurasian momentum of empire building, and demonstrates the imperial vision of sixteenth-century Ottomans. This unique study shows that, in contrast with many Eurocentric views, the Ottomans were active players in European politics, with an imperial culture in direct competition with that of the Habsburgs and the Safavids. Indeed, this book explains Ottoman empire building with reference to the larger Eurasian context, from Tudor England to Mughal India, contextualizing such issues as state formation, imperial policy, and empire building in the period more generally. Şahin's work also devotes significant attention to the often-ignored religious dimension of the Ottoman-Safavid struggle, showing how the rivalry redefined Sunni and Shiite Islam, laying the foundations for today's religious tensions.


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ISBN-13: 9781107529885
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/21/2015
Series: Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Kaya Şahin is Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University, Bloomington. His research and writing have been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Newberry Library, and the Social Science Research Council.

Table of Contents

1. The formative years (1490–1523); 2. The secretary's progress (1523–34); 3. The empire and its chancellor (1534–53); 4. Toward the end (1553–67); 5. Narrating the empire: history-writing between imperial advocacy and personal testimony; 6. Imagining the empire: the sultan, the realm, the enemies; 7. Managing the empire: institutionalization and bureaucratic consciousness.

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