By Kaya Şahin
Kaya Şahin's publication deals a revisionist studying of Ottoman historical past through the reign of Süleyman the really good (1520–66). via studying the lifestyles and works of a bureaucrat, Celalzade Mustafa, Şahin argues that the empire was once equipped as a part of the Eurasian momentum of empire construction and demonstrates the imperial imaginative and prescient of sixteenth-century Ottomans. This specific learn indicates that, against this with many Eurocentric perspectives, the Ottomans have been lively gamers in ecu politics, with an imperial tradition in direct pageant with that of the Habsburgs and the Safavids. certainly, this booklet explains Ottoman empire construction near to the bigger Eurasian context, from Tudor England to Mughal India, contextualizing such matters as country formation, imperial coverage and empire development within the interval extra in most cases. Şahin's paintings additionally devotes major realization to the often-ignored spiritual size of the Ottoman-Safavid fight, exhibiting how the contention redefined Sunni and Shiite Islam, laying the rules for trendy non secular tensions.