Gods Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, And The Making Of The Modern World - Mikhail, Alan

God's Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, And The Making Of The Modern World

Alan Mikhail

Yayınevi: Liveright

Yayın tarihi: 08/2020

ISBN: 9781631492396

Ciltli | İngilizce | 512 Sayfa | 15,54 x 23,50 x 0,00 cm.

Tür: Osmanlı Tarihi

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“Alan Mikhail is a very original and inventive historian.”
- Orhan Pamuk, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

“The life of the Ottoman sultan Selim I, as told by the gifted historian Alan Mikhail, is an astonishing and thrilling story, worthy of Game of Thrones. Through a tangle of palace intrigue, war, fratricide, and sheer Machiavellian cunning, Selim rose from obscurity to the pinnacle of world power in the sixteenth century. But the scope of Mikhail’s history is broader than this remarkable individual life. God’s Shadow is a radical revision of the narrative of modern history, a revision that restores the Ottoman empire to the central role it played in provoking Columbus’ voyages, in haunting the fears and ambitions of European nation states, and in profoundly influencing the self-understanding of both Catholics and Protestants. Along the way, Mikhail shows that the Muslim culture over which Selim reigned was in many respects far more progressive, tolerant, and cosmopolitan than anything known in the Christian West.”
- Stephen Greenblatt, author of Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics and The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

“The Ottoman Empire lurks behind much of the modern world. Alan Mikhail’s new book makes a great introduction to one of the key figures in Ottoman history, Sultan Selim I.”
- Mary Beard, author of SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

“Alan Mikhail’s bold study of Sultan Selim, his conquests, and reforms rightfully gives the Ottoman Empire and Islam a central place in early modern history. An important book and a lively read as well.”
- Natalie Zemon Davis, author of Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds

“Alan Mikhail’s sprawling book is a geopolitical tour de force in which the West’s vaunted primacy receives a deeply researched, much merited, long overdue recalibration of its historic, ethnocentric self-regard. God’s Shadow is a major learning experience.”
- David Levering Lewis, author of God’s Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570–1215

“In vivid prose, Alan Mikhail offers us a history written not from the cramped confines of Europe’s kingdoms but from the heights of the Ottoman Empire, circa 1492. While Sultan Selim and his armies conquered vast swathes of the then-known world, Columbus and a handful of companions looked for a way around the great Muslim power.... God’s Shadow will change how you think about both the past and the present.”
- David Nirenberg, author of Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the Middle Ages and Today

“This deeply researched and elegantly written book restores the Ottoman Empire to its rightful place in world history. [Alan] Mikhail deftly reminds us that leaders outside of Europe had a strong hand in shaping the world as we know it.”
- Annette Gordon-Reed, author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

“In God’s Shadow, Alan Mikhail challenges readers to recalibrate their sense of history. In his telling of the age of conquest and exploration, it is the Ottoman Sultan Selim who takes pride of place, not Columbus or Vasco da Gama. This warrior sultan doubled the extent of the already vast domains he ruled over, rendering the empire a tri-continental threat. Mikhail traces the global reverberations of this seismic development from China to Mexico, arguing that the Ottoman sultanate was the pivotal power in a world of ambitious polities.”
- Leslie Peirce, author of Empress of the East: How a European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire

“Alan Mikhail’s God’s Shadow is a stunning work of global history. By examining the Catholic Atlantic’s long, vexed engagement with the Islamic Mediterranean, Mikhail offers a bold and thoroughly convincing new way to think about the origins of the modern world.... A tour de force.”
- Greg Grandin, author of The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World

“Alan Mikhail astutely recovers the revealing life of a Turkish sultan who lived in the time of Columbus. Bent on global power, Selim dramatically expanded his Ottoman Empire at the expense of eastern neighbors and European Christians.... By exploring the rivalry and mutual influence of Islam and Christianity in the past, Mikhail offers fresh insights on our world.”
- Alan Taylor, author of Thomas Jefferson’s Education

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