History | Ottoman History
C393 | 2984 | Bayerle


Above section carries culture studies credit
A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only
Above section meets with CEUS U320 and U520

Ottoman history can be conventionally presented as a story; a
narrative structured chronologically; or in an anthropomorphic frame
as the rise, expansion, culmination, and decline of the Ottoman
Empire. Instead of the traditional approach this proseminar will
offer a survey of the major Ottoman institutions in the Sixteenth
Century and their interactions with each other

In the survey special attention will be given to the evolution of
sultanic authority; the Topkapi Palace as his residence and seat of
government; the Grand Vezir and his Imperial Council; the Harem; the
armed forces; legal theory and practice; and the elaborate
administrative system. The second half of the proseminar will focus
on aspects of everyday life in the Empire: Islamic institutions; the
coexistence of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism; slavery; the guilds
controlling both preindustrial production and distribution; and the
timar system that encompassed the rural regions.

EXAMS: In place of exams students are expected to compose six short
(four to eight pages) position papers during the course and to
participate in their discussion in class. Graduate students should
expand one of these papers to a term paper (twenty to thirty pages).
A basic knowledge of computing skill is also expected from the
participants including the ability to upload their papers to the
Oncourse site.

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

Gustav Bayerle. Pashas, Begs, and Effendis: A Historical Dictionary
of Titles and Terms on the Ottoman Empire. Istanbul: Isis, 1997.

Colin Imber. The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1600: The Structure of Power.
New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2002

Xeroxed Reader on State and Society in the Ottoman Empire (for sale
in Goodbody Hall, 157).