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1. Introduction PART I: FOUNDATIONS 2. Nomads and tribes in the Ottoman empire 3. The Ottoman economy in the early imperial age 4. The law of the land 5. A kadi court in the Balkans: Sofia in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries 6. Imarets 7. Sufis in the age of state-building and confessionalization PART II: OTTOMANS AND OTHERS 8. Royal and other households 9. 'On the tranquillity and repose of the sultan': the construction of a topos 10. Of translation and empire: sixteenth-century Ottoman imperial interpreters as renaissance go-betweens 11. Ottoman languages 12. Ethnicity, race, religion and social class: Ottoman markers of difference 13. The Kizilbas of Syria and Ottoman Shiism 14. The reign of violence: the celalis c. 1550-1700 PART III: THE WIDER EMPIRE 15. Between universalistic claims and reality: Ottoman frontiers in the early modern period 16. Defending and administering the frontier: the case of Ottoman Hungary 17. The Ottoman frontier in Kurdistan in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries 18. Conquest, urbanization and plague networks in the Ottoman empire, 1453-1600 19. Peripheralization of the Ottoman-Algerian elite 20. On the edges of an Ottoman world: non-Muslim Ottoman merchants in Amsterdam PART IV: ORDINARY PEOPLE 21. Masters, servants and slaves: household formation among the urban notables of early Ottoman Aleppo 22. Subject to the sultan's approval: seventeenth and eighteenth-century artisans negotiating guild agreements in Istanbul 23. Literacy among artisans and tradesmen in Ottoman Cairo 24. 'Guided by the Almighty': the journey of Stephan Schultz in the Ottoman empire, 1752-56 25. The right to choice: Ottoman, ecclesiastical and communal justice in Ottoman Greece 26. Ottoman women as legal and marital subjects 27. Forms and forums of expression: Istanbul and beyond, 1600-1800 PART V: LATER OTTOMANS 28. The old regime and the Ottoman Middle East 29. The transformation of the Ottoman fiscal regime c.1600-1850 30. Provincial power-holders and the empire in the late Ottoman world: conflict or partnership? 31. The Arabic-speaking world in the Ottoman period: a socio-political analysis

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Christine Woodhead is Teaching Fellow in History at the University of Durham.

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"A perfect combination of history and historiography, senior and junior scholars, archives and secondary materials, established trends in the field and sophisticated new methods, this book will be illuminating for both those long familiar with the Ottomans and those encountering the empire for the first time. If one is going to read just one book on the Ottoman Empire, this should be it. A truly impressive achievement." - Alan Mikhail, Yale University, USA."A highly useful instructional text that should be engaged by not only those teaching "Middle Eastern history" but those offering courses in European early modern history as well. There are a number of valuable intersections provided by a new generation of scholars who consciously engage "Europe" as part of the Ottoman story. For this reason, the book is probably the best collection of its kind on the early modern period in the market today and should provide a foundation for the next generation of scholars interested in expanding the study of the Ottoman Empire in order to fully engage European and Global history." - Isa Blumi, Leipzig University, Germany and Georgia State University, USA


"Woodhead has assembled an excellent group of Ottomanists whose diversity of interests, training, and age adds to the value of this volume... Each essay is a gem unto itself, based on the individual author's specialized area of research. As a whole, the volume provides a detailed understanding of the richness and complexity of the empire as well as raising points for future debates, going well beyond what any narrative account is able to do. This book is indispensible for anyone interested in new trends in Ottoman research." - Choice"A perfect combination of history and historiography, senior and junior scholars, archives and secondary materials, established trends in the field and sophisticated new methods, this book will be illuminating for both those long familiar with the Ottomans and those encountering the empire for the first time. If one is going to read just one book on the Ottoman Empire, this should be it. A truly impressive achievement." - Alan Mikhail, Yale University, USA."A highly useful instructional text that should be engaged by not only those teaching "Middle Eastern history" but those offering courses in European early modern history as well. There are a number of valuable intersections provided by a new generation of scholars who consciously engage "Europe" as part of the Ottoman story. For this reason, the book is probably the best collection of its kind on the early modern period in the market today and should provide a foundation for the next generation of scholars interested in expanding the study of the Ottoman Empire in order to fully engage European and Global history." - Isa Blumi, Leipzig University, Germany and Georgia State University, USA"...this well-edited volume will undoubtedly be very useful, particularly for students who are not studying Ottoman history specifically and who need a general introductory text to the Ottoman world." -Kate Fleet, The Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies, Cambridge

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