Honored by the Glory of Islam: Conversion and Conquest in by Marc David Baer

By Marc David Baer

"Honored through the honour of Islam is a crucial new resource at the examine of conversion. a lot of this so much informative booklet offers with the twin function of conversion and conquest in defining the debatable reign of Sultan Mehmed IV. Baer's leading edge studying of Ottoman chronicles and his specialize in the nuances of conversion inside of one own's faith makes this article a useful presentation of an exhilarating new quarter of research." --Ethel Wolper, affiliate Professor of background, collage of latest Hampshire "Marc Baer deals an cutting edge interpretation of spiritual conversion, in particular conversion to Islam within the Ottoman age. missing sufficient proof to invest at the factors of the converts, he as an alternative specializes in the organization of these who initiated the conversion procedure - consequently at the very least the sultan himself. Baer specializes in the occupation of Sultan Mehmed IV (r. 1648-87), and at the those that got here into direct touch along with his court docket. during this manner he sheds very important new gentle on a serious interval within the Ottoman Empire's lengthy heritage. Baer additionally convincingly revises the nature of Mehmed IV as a clumsy ruler whose incompetence resulted in the catastrophic siege of Vienna in 1683. This unique learn should be of serious curiosity not just to Ottoman experts, yet to scholars of Islam and of non secular conversion." --R.M.Eaton, Professor of heritage, collage of Arizona Winner of the Albert Hourani publication Award of the center East reviews organization of North the USA for the simplest ebook in heart East stories (2008) and short-listed for the simplest First ebook within the historical past of Religions via the yankee Academy of faith (2009).

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These crises included a sorry parade of grand viziers and power struggles between the leading women of the dynasty, financial quandaries, war with Venice, and continual rebellion. These issues are presented to provide the background against which can be understood the emergence of the convert maker Mehmed IV in the 1660s, as depicted by contemporary chroniclers. Making Sense of Ibrahim’s Execution and a Turbulent Decade We cannot reach the past other than by viewing it mediated through the artifacts that survive in stone or script.

Either way, we witness the ultimate transformation of sacred space as cityscapes reflect the revival movement or demographic change, and the sacred geography of the countryside is likewise transformed. 34 The changed landscapes are readable to all passersby as didactic instruments promoting conversion and communicating its reward: divine favor. When a religious sanctuary or house of worship of one religion is modified to conform to the new religion of the convert, the preserving of the sanctity yet adaptive use of the same sacred space by the victorious religion sends a message to those who formerly worshipped there: the sanctification of the same site means holy space serves another belief system.

At the anteroom to the third gate, the valide sultan rebuked the men before her for their hypocrisy for consenting to whatever her son Ibrahim desired, neither admonishing nor hindering him: “Now you want to replace him with a small child. What an evil plan this is. ”5 She asked how it was possible to enthrone a seven-year-old. 6 They disputed for a couple of hours, and she met with the sheikhulislam and grand vizier. It may have seemed that there was nothing to quarrel about. After all, an elderly woman facing a mob of armed men allied with magistrates and pillars of state would appear to have little power.

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