God's Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World

God's Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World

by Alan Mikhail

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An “arresting” (New York Times Book Review) revisionist history demonstrating how Islam and the Ottoman Empire made our modern world.

The history of the Ottoman Empire—once the most powerful state on earth, ruling over more territory and people than any other world power—has for centuries been distorted, misrepresented, and suppressed in the West. With this “original and wide-ranging” (Wall Street Journal) global history, Alan Mikhail vitally recasts the Ottoman conquest of the world through the dramatic biography of Sultan Selim I (1470–1520). Drawing on previously unexamined sources, and upending prevailing shibboleths about Islamic history and jingoistic “rise of the West” theories, Mikhail’s game-changing account radically transforms our understanding of the importance of Selim’s Ottoman Empire in the annals of the modern world.

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ISBN-13: 9781631492402
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 08/18/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 227,752
File size: 59 MB
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About the Author

A leading historian of his generation, Alan Mikhail, professor of history and chair of the Department of History at Yale University, has reforged our understandings of the past through his prize-winning books on the history of the Middle East.

Table of Contents

List of Maps xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 Prince (1470-87)

1 Perfume of the World 15

2 Empire Boys 31

3 An Ottoman Abroad 43

Part 2 Governor (1487-1500)

4 Learning the Family Business 63

5 Power at the Edge 77

Part 3 The Ottoman (1492)

6 Columbus and Islam 89

7 Columbus's Crusade 103

8 New World Islam 123

9 Christian Jihad 136

10 The Taino-Muslims of Hispaniola 148

11 Finding Ottoman Jerusalem 165

Part 4 Enemies Near and Far (1500-12)

12 Heresy from the East 185

13 Enemies Everywhere 197

14 Summer in Crimea 210

15 Bound for Istanbul 224

16 One and Only Sultan 235

Part 5 Selim's World Wars (1512-18)

17 "Their Abode Is Hell" 249

18 Fraternal Empires 270

19 Conquering the Navel 283

20 Conquering the World 303

Part 6 Final Frontiers (1518-20)

21 Empire Everywhere 323

22 Fulcrum of the Atlantic 335

23 Eternity 354

Part 7 Descendants (After 1520)

24 Selim's Reformations 369

25 American Selim 385

Coda: Shadows Over Turkey 399

Acknowledgments 407

Chronology: Selim and his World 411

Notes 417

Illustration credits 457

Index 461

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