Between Two Worlds: The Construction of the Ottoman State by Cemal Kafadar

By Cemal Kafadar

Cemal Kafadar bargains a way more sophisticated and complicated interpretation of the early Ottoman interval than that supplied by way of different historians. His cautious research of medieval in addition to sleek historiography from the viewpoint of a cultural historian demonstrates how ethnic, tribal, linguistic, spiritual, and political affiliations have been all at play within the fight for strength in Anatolia and the Balkans through the overdue center Ages.

This hugely unique examine the increase of the Ottoman empire—the longest-lived political entity in human history—shows the transformation of a tiny frontier firm right into a centralized imperial kingdom that observed itself as either chief of the world's Muslims and inheritor to the japanese Roman Empire.

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Much less legendary) character than Romulus of course. Nevertheless, he is equally emblematic of the polity that was created after his name and legacy. ’ ”9 One of the most influential legends concerning Osman is the one that depicts his whole conquering and state-building enterprise as having started with an auspicious dream. Variants of this legend were retold in dozens of sources until the modern era, when the dream was dismissed in terms of its historicity but still, by some vengeful intervention of ancestral spirits perhaps, did not fail to occupy a central place in much of the debate among historians, as we shall see in the next chapter.

9 One of the most influential legends concerning Osman is the one that depicts his whole conquering and state-building enterprise as having started with an auspicious dream. Variants of this legend were retold in dozens of sources until the modern era, when the dream was dismissed in terms of its historicity but still, by some vengeful intervention of ancestral spirits perhaps, did not fail to occupy a central place in much of the debate among historians, as we shall see in the next chapter.

Widely popular legends of a certain an alu, who also is honored at numerous burial sites, portrayed him as the most pivotal character in spreading Islam in the Balkans. It is much more coincidental but still worthy of note that Osman was also a near contemporary of two figures, very remote from his sphere of action in thirteenth-century terms, whose descendants were to share with his house the limelight of international politics in the sixteenth century. One of these was Rudolf of Habsburg, who acquired his Erblande in 1278.

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