In Islamic law the world was made up of the House of Islam and the House of War with the Ottoman Sultanthe perceived successor to the Caliphssupreme ruler of the Islamic world. However, Suraiya Faroqhi demonstrates that there was no iron curtain between the Ottoman and other worlds but rather a long-established network of diplomatic, financial, cultural and religious connections. These extended to the empires of Asia and the modern states of Europe. Faroqhi's book is based on a huge study of original and early modern sources, including diplomatic records, travel and geographical writing, as well as personal accounts.
About the Author
Suraiya Faroqhi is Professor of Ottoman Studies at the Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, and the author of Pilgrims and Sultans (I.B.Tauris).
Table of Contents
• On sovereignty and subjects: expanding and safeguarding the Empire
• On the margins of empire: clients and dependents
• The strengths and weaknesses of Ottoman warfare
• Of prisoners, slaves and the charity of strangers
• Trade and foreigners
• Relating to pilgrims and offering mediation
• Sources of Ottoman information concerning the 'outside world'