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God's shadow : Sultan Selim, his Ottoman empire, and the making of the modern world

Mikhail, Alan 1979- (author.).

Summary: "An explosive global history that redefines the historical origins of the modern world through the life of Sultan Selim I and his Ottoman Empire. Long neglected in accounts of world history, the Ottoman Empire was a hub of flourishing intellectual fervor, geopolitical power, and enlightened pluralistic rule. At the helm of its ascent was the omnipotent Sultan Selim I (1470-1520), who, with the aid of his extraordinarily gifted mother, Gülbahar, hugely expanded the empire, propelling it onto the world stage. Aware of centuries of European suppression of Islamic history, Alan Mikhail centers Selim's Ottoman Empire and Islam as the very pivots of global history, redefining such world-changing events as Christopher Columbus's voyages--which originated, in fact, as a Catholic jihad that viewed Native Americans as somehow "Moorish"--the Protestant Reformation, the transatlantic slave trade, and the dramatic Ottoman seizure of the Middle East and North Africa. Drawing on previously unexamined sources and written in gripping detail, Mikhail's groundbreaking account vividly recaptures Selim's life and world. An historical masterwork, God's Shadow radically reshapes our understanding of a world we thought we knew"--

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  • ISBN: 9781631492396
  • ISBN: 163149239X
  • ISBN: 9781631492402
  • Physical Description: print
    viii, 479 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2020]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Prince (1470-87): Perfume of the world ; Empire boys ; An Ottoman abroad -- Governor (1487-1500): Learning the family business ; Power at the edge -- The Ottoman (1492): Columbus and Islam ; Columbus's crusade ; New World Islam ; Christian Jihad ; The Taino-Muslims of Hispaniola ; Finding Ottoman Jerusalem -- Enemies near and far (1500-1512): Heresy from the East ; Enemies everywhere ; Summer in Crimea ; Bound for Istanbul ; One and only Sultan -- Selim's world wars (1512-18): "Their abode is hell" ; Fraternal empires ; Conquering the navel ; Conquering the world -- Final frontiers (1518-20): Empire everywhere ; Fulcrum of the Atlantic ; Eternity -- Descendants (after 1520): Selim's reformations ; American Selim -- Coda: Shadows over Turkey.
Subject: Selim I, Sultan of the Turks 1470-1520
Turkey History Selim I, 1512-1520
Ayşe Gülbahar Hatun consort of Bayezid II, Sultan of the Turks -1505
Selim I, Sultan of the Turks 1470-1520
Genre: History.

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