Daily Life in the Ottoman Empire
|Publication Date: 08/2011|
|Size: 6 1/8x9 1/4|
|Format|| ||Price|| ||ISBN-13|
|Hardcover|| ||$49.95|| ||978-0-313-33692-8|
This book provides a general overview of the daily life in a vast empire which contained numerous ethnic, linguistic, and religious communities.
A stereotypical view held by Europeans about their Ottoman counterparts characterized them as a violent, backward, and uncivilized people who were oddly both obsessed with sex and disinterested in fun pastimes. In actuality, European travelers discovered that Ottoman men were typically monogamous and afraid of their wives, and that Ottoman culture involved obsessive cleanliness and an enjoyment of wine.
The Ottoman Empire was an Islamic imperial monarchy that existed for over 600 years. At the height of its power in the 16th and 17th centuries, it encompassed three continents and served as the core of global interactions between the east and the west. And while the Empire was defeated after World War I and dissolved in 1920, the far-reaching effects and influences of the Ottoman Empire are still clearly visible in today's world cultures.
Daily Life in the Ottoman Empire allows readers to gain critical insight into the pluralistic social and cultural history of an empire that ruled a vast region extending from Budapest in Hungary to Mecca in Arabia. Each chapter presents an in-depth analysis of a particular aspect of daily life in the Ottoman Empire.
• The extensive bibliography provides rich and diverse sources of further reading
• An index provides quick reference to the individuals and places mentioned in the text
• Documents the social and cultural history of an Islamic society which has long been misunderstood in the western world
• Written in language accessible to a general readership
• Connects the disparate histories of southeastern Europe with those of the Muslim Middle East and North Africa
• Presents fascinating parallels between the customs, arts, and even culinary traditions of religiously diverse societies
Mehrdad Kia is associate provost for International Programs and the director of the Central and Southwest Asia program at The University of Montana, Missoula, MT.
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