Osman's Dream

Author: Caroline Finkel

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1848547854

Category: History

Page: 704

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The Ottoman chronicles recount that the first sultan, Osman, dreamt of the dynasty he would found - a tree, fully-formed, emerged from his navel, symbolising the vigour of his successors and the extent of their domains. This is the first book to tell the full story of the Ottoman dynasty that for six centuries held sway over territories stretching, at their greatest, from Hungary to the Persian Gulf, and from North Africa to the Caucasus. Understanding the realization of Osman's vision is essential for anyone who seeks to understand the modern world.

Dreams and Visions in Islamic Societies

Author: Özgen Felek,Alexander D. Knysh

Publisher: State University of New York Press

ISBN: 1438439954

Category: Religion

Page: 337

View: 6753


A wide-ranging consideration of the place of dreams and visions in Islamic societies from the pre-modern period to the present.

Osman's Dream

Author: Caroline Finkel

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 9780465023974

Category: History

Page: 704

View: 709


The Ottoman Empire was one of the largest and most influential empires in world history. Its reach extended to three continents and it survived for more than six centuries, but its history is too often colored by the memory of its bloody final throes on the battlefields of World War I. In this magisterial work-the first definitive account written for the general reader-renowned scholar and journalist Caroline Finkel lucidly recounts the epic story of the Ottoman Empire from its origins in the thirteenth century through its destruction in the twentieth.

The Big Book of Spiritual Islamic Dream Interpretation

Author: Pinar Akdag

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3756877698

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 380

View: 5986


Dreams are an admonition and good tidings - and above all an inspiration for our lives! This comprehensive reference work contains the collected knowledge of Islamic dream interpreters from various centuries, which the author has meticulously collected, evaluated and written down over many years. It thus gives readers in German and English-speaking countries access to the centuries-old knowledge of the Islamic cultural sphere. The dream interpretations, from A for Abdest (Islamic ritual ablution) to Z for Zulkifl (the prophet Ezekiel), serve as inspiration, show the diversity of this discipline and at the same time convey a definite knowledge of the importance attributed to dreaming in Islamic culture.

Writing History at the Ottoman Court

Author: H. Erdem Cipa,Emine Fetvaci

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253008743

Category: History

Page: 200

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Ottoman historical writing of the 15th and 16th centuries played a significant role in fashioning Ottoman identity and institutionalizing the dynastic state structure during this period of rapid imperial expansion. This volume shows how the writing of history achieved these effects by examining the implicit messages conveyed by the texts and illustrations of key manuscripts. It answers such questions as how the Ottomans understood themselves within their court and in relation to non-Ottoman others; how they visualized the ideal ruler; how they defined their culture and place in the world; and what the significance of Islam was in their self-definition.

Desert Insurgency

Author: Nicholas J. Saunders

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191030716

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 9454


In the desert sands of southern Jordan lies a once-hidden conflict landscape along the Hejaz Railway. Built at the beginning of the twentieth-century, this narrow-gauge 1,320 km track stretched from Damascus to Medina and served to facilitate participation in the annual Muslim Hajj to Mecca. The discovery and archaeological investigation of an unknown landscape of insurgency and counter-insurgency along this route tells a different story of the origins of modern guerrilla warfare, the exploits of T. E. Lawrence, Emir Feisal, and Bedouin warriors, and the dramatic events of the Arab Revolt of 1916-18. Ten years of research in this prehistoric terrain has revealed sites lost for almost 100 years: vast campsites occupied by railway builders; Ottoman Turkish machine-gun redoubts; Rolls Royce Armoured Car raiding camps; an ephemeral Royal Air Force desert aerodrome; as well as the actual site of the Hallat Ammar railway ambush. This unique and richly illustrated account from Nicholas Saunders tells, in intimate detail, the story of a seminal episode of the First World War and the reshaping of the Middle East that followed.

The Causes of War

Author: Alexander Gillespie

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1782259546

Category: Law

Page: 280

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This is the second volume of a projected five-volume series charting the causes of war from 3000 BCE to the present day, written by a leading international lawyer, and using as its principal materials the documentary history of international law, largely in the form of treaties and the negotiations which led up to them. These volumes seek to show why millions of people, over thousands of years, slew each other. In departing from the various theories put forward by historians, anthropologists and psychologists, Gillespie offers a different taxonomy of the causes of war, focusing on the broader settings of politics, religion, migrations and empire-building. These four contexts were dominant and often overlapping justifications during the first four thousand years of human civilisation, for which written records exist.

From the First World War to the Arab Spring

Author: M. E. McMillan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113752202X

Category: Political Science

Page: 279

View: 3185


Offering a comprehensive, up-to-date examination of the complex web of wars and proxy wars, revolutions and counter-revolutions that are ripping the Middle East apart, this book puts these events in their historical context and leads readers through the labyrinth that is the new Middle East. This book seeks answers to pressing, contentious questions. Why are there so many hereditary heads of state in the Middle East when the Prophet Muhammad did not appoint a successor? Why do Western countries claim to want democracy in the Middle East, yet support dictators? Why did Israel become a democracy while the Arab states did not? Why are there so many wars in the Middle East? And, most importantly, what happened to the hope and optimism of the Arab Spring? M.E. McMillan offers fresh answers to these difficult questions. Firmly grounded in historical research and insightful analysis of current events, this book gives readers a new understanding of what’s really going on in the Middle East.

The Sultans

Author: Jem Duducu

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445668610

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 6835


A history of 600 years - an epic story of a dynasty that started as a small group of cavalry mercenaries to become the absolute rulers of the greatest and longest lasting Islamic empire in history.

Study and Teaching Guide for The History of the Renaissance World

Author: Julia Kaziewicz

Publisher: Peace Hill Press

ISBN: 194584101X

Category: History

Page: 912

View: 5679


Turn Susan Wise Bauer's The History of the Renaissance World into a high-school history course. Susan Wise Bauer’s narrative world history series is widely used in advanced high school history classes, as well as by home educating parents. The Study and Teaching Guide, designed for use by both parents and teachers, provides a full high-school-level curriculum in late medieval-early Renaissance history. It includes: Study questions and answers Critical thinking assignments Map exercises Essay topics and instructor grading rubrics Teaching tips and explanations for answers The Study and Teaching Guide, designed by historian and teacher Julia Kaziewicz in cooperation with Susan Wise Bauer, makes The History of the Renaissance World even more accessible to educators and parents alike.