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The Ottoman World

Edited by: Christine Woodhead

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  December  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415444927
eBook ISBN: 9780203142851
Adobe ISBN: 9781136498954

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The Ottoman empire as a political entity comprised most of the present Middle East (with the principal exception of Iran), north Africa and south-eastern Europe. For over 500 years, until its disintegration during World War I, it encompassed a diverse range of ethnic, religious and linguistic communities with varying political and cultural backgrounds.

Yet, was there such a thing as an ‘Ottoman world’ beyond the principle of sultanic rule from Istanbul? Ottoman authority might have been established largely by military conquest, but how was it maintained for so long, over such distances and so many disparate societies? How did provincial regions relate to the imperial centre and what role was played in this by local elites? What did it mean in practice, for ordinary people, to be part of an ‘Ottoman world’?

Arranged in five thematic sections, with contributions from thirty specialist historians, The Ottoman World addresses these questions, examining aspects of the social and socio-ideological composition of this major pre-modern empire, and offers a combination of broad synthesis and detailed investigation that is both informative and intended to raise points for future debate. The Ottoman World provides a unique coverage of the Ottoman empire, widening its scope beyond Istanbul to the edges of the empire, and offers key coverage for students and scholars alike. 

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Nomads and Tribes in the Ottoman Empire Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The ottoman economy in the early imperial age Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The Law of the Land Download PDF
Chapter  4:  A Kadi Court in the Balkans Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Imarets  Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Sufis in the Age of State - Building and Confession Alization  Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Royal and Other Households  Download PDF
Chapter  8:  ‘On The Tranquillity and Repose of The Sultan’  Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Of Translation And Empire Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Ottoman Languages  Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Ethnicity, Race, Religion and Social Class Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The Kizilbaş of Syria and Ottoman Shiism  Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The Reign Of Violence Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Between Universalistic Claims and Reality  Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Defending and Administering the Frontier Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The Ottoman Frontier in Kurdistan in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries  Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Conquest, Urbanization and Plague Networks in the Ottomane Mpire , 1453 – 1600 Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The Peripheralization of The Ottoman Algerian Elite Download PDF
Chapter  19:  On The Edges of an Ottoman World Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Masters, Servants and Slaves Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Subject to the Sultan’s Approval Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Literacy among Artisans and Tradesmen in Ottoman Cairo Download PDF
Chapter  23:  ‘Guided by The Almighty‘ Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Right To Choice  Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Ottoman Womenas Legal and Marital Subjects Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Forms and Forums of Expression Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The Old Regime and the Ottoman Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The Transformation of The Ottoman Fiscal Regime, C. 1600 – 1850 Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Provincial Power-Holders and the Empire in the Late Ottoman World  Download PDF
Chapter  30:  The Arabic-Speaking World In The Ottoman Period Download PDF
References Download PDF
Glossary Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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