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By Gabriel Piterberg

ISBN-10: 0520238362

ISBN-13: 9780520238367

Within the house of six years early within the 17th century, the Ottoman Empire underwent such turmoil and trauma--the assassination of the younger ruler Osman II, the re-enthronement and next abdication of his mad uncle Mustafa I, for a start--that a student stated the period's three-day-long dramatic climax "an Ottoman Tragedy." below Gabriel Piterberg's deft research, this era of quandary turns into a ancient laboratory for the historical past of the Ottoman Empire within the 17th century--an chance to watch the dialectical play among background as an incidence and event and heritage as a recounting of that have. Piterberg reconstructs the Ottoman narration of this fraught interval from the foundational textual content, produced within the early 1620s, to the composition of the kingdom narrative on the finish of the 17th century. His paintings brings theories of historiography into discussion with the particular interpretation of Ottoman ancient texts, and forces a rethinking of either Ottoman historiography and the Ottoman nation within the 17th century. A provocative reinterpretation of an immense occasion in Ottoman background, this paintings reconceives the relation among historiography and background.

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1413 –21). However, between the adventure with Mehmed I in the early 1410s and another with a member of one of the most illustrious gazi families, Mihalog˘lu Mehmed Bey, a decade later, Apz fell ill. He chose to recover and spend some time with an old man, Yahs¸i Fakih, the son of the imam of Orhan Gazi (r. 1324 – 62). It was at the home of Yahs¸i Fakih that Apz became acquainted with the menakib (gaza tales) that the old man had collected and written down. Kafadar rightly observes that, apart from Apz’s illness, nothing was accidental: There is every reason to assume [that] Apz felt comfortable in the sociocultural milieu he was born into.

Tug˘i, whose text is the kul’s voice, labors to justify their performance. He reports that at what seemed an arbitrary point on the way north the padishah decided that those who had reached a certain bridge he had ordered to erect would be paid while the 22 / Foundations rest would be denied similar payment. ” If that were not enough, Tug˘i continues, The bonus of the padishah to those who sacrifice their lives for him and bring heads of the foes of Religion and State being not more than the allowance a master gives his slave, they [the kul] turned war and combat into an infants’ game.

It was at the home of Yahs¸i Fakih that Apz became acquainted with the menakib (gaza tales) that the old man had collected and written down. Kafadar rightly observes that, apart from Apz’s illness, nothing was accidental: There is every reason to assume [that] Apz felt comfortable in the sociocultural milieu he was born into. He chose to include Yahs¸i Fakih’s menakib in his chronicle not merely because he happened to have access to them . . but also because they made sense to him. 12 Here, in a nutshell, lies the contention between Lindner and Kafadar; this study follows the latter’s view of Ottoman historiography.

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