The Ottoman Empire 1400-1750

History 110

Fall 2005
88 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 2-3:30

This introduction to the Ottoman empire studies both the evolution of the imperial state and the experiences of ordinary peoples populating the empire. After an overview of the empire's expansion into Europe, Asia, and Africa, we examine the multiple influences on its formation (Roman/Byzantine, Islamic, Mongol, Turkic), and the images and discourses of imperial power as they evolved over 350 years. We then examine the social and religious aspects of everyday life, with emphasis on the polyglot mix of peoples (Christians, Jews, and Muslims; Arabs, Greeks, Kurds, Turks, Armenians, Slavs, and others); forms of religious identity (orthodoxies, mysticisms, heresies); material life; and modes of artistic expression (folktales, poetry, history-writing, architecture, artisan craftsmanship). Requirements include a map quiz, mid-term, final, two short papers, and participation in discussion sections.


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Also listed as Near Eastern Studies 190D. Previously listed as History 100.003.

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