The Cambridge History of Turkey

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Suraiya Faroqhi
Cambridge University Press, Nov 2, 2006 - History - 619 pages
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Volume 3 of The Cambridge History of Turkey traces the history of the later Ottoman Empire from the death of Mehmed III in 1603 to the proclamation of the tanzimat, the administrative reconstruction of the Ottoman state, in 1839. This was a period of relative stability when trade between the empire and Europe flourished and, wartime apart, merchants and pilgrims travelled in relative security. However, despite the emphasis on the sultan's role as defender of the faithful and of social order, tensions did exist between the ruling elite in Istanbul and their provincial subjects. This theme is central to the volume. Other sections focus on religious and political groups, women, trade, rural life and, importantly, music, art and architecture. The history emphasises the political, cultural and artistic accomplishments of the Ottomans in the post-classical period, thus challenging traditional notions that this was a period of stagnation.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Political and diplomatic developments
44
Political culture and the great households
65
War and peace
81
Semiautonomous forces in the Balkans and Anatolia
157
9 Semiautonomous forces in the Arab provinces
186
The Ottoman ulema
209
n Muslim women in the early modern era
226
Capitulations and Western trade
283
Guildsmen and handicraft producers
336
Declines and revivals in textile production 35 6
356
Rural life
376
The Ottoman musical tradition
393
Arts and architecture
408
Ottoman literature
481
Glossary 321
521

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252
The Ottoman Jews 25 6
256
Christians in a changing world
272

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About the author (2006)

Suraiya N. Faroqhi is Professor at the Ludwig Maximilians Universitšt in Munich, Federal Republic of Germany. Her most recent publications include Subjects of the Sultans, Culture and Daily Life in the Ottoman Empire (2000), and The Ottoman Empire and the World Around It (2004).

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