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The Ottomans and Early Modernity: A View from the Long Sixteenth Century

The Ottomans and Early Modernity: A View from the Long Sixteenth Century
100 St. George Street, Room 2098, Sidney Smith Hall
Time: Feb 25th, 4:00 pm End: Feb 25th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), 1500-1800, 1200-1500
Talk by Kaya Sahin, Indiana University

The Department of History and the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations presents Seminar in Ottoman & Turkish Studies:

The Ottomans and Early Modernity: A View from the Long Sixteenth Century (AH 857-1000/AD 1453-1591/92)

Several Ottomanists now use the label "early modern" to anchor the Ottoman enterprise within larger contexts. Indeed, the Ottoman case shares several meaningful trends and dynamics with the European and Asian societies of the early modern period, such as empire building, vernacularization, a type of "confessionalization," new forms of writing and authorship, etc. At the same time, it has been argued that the indiscriminate use of the label "early modern" erases the nuances of Ottoman history, because it seeks to make it fit into a model that has been developed for European history. In this presentation, I will revisit the period between 1453 and 1591/92, and discuss the transformation of the Ottoman enterprise within regional and global frameworks. I will then ask questions about what made the Ottomans early modern, and, more importantly, about whether the Ottoman experience offers meaningful comparisons for the study of contemporary Asian and European societies.

Kaya ?ahin, Indiana University

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact Joseph Hawker at 416-946-8698.

 


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