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The Islamic Gunpowder Empires in World History (Essays in World History)

By Douglas E. Streusand

Islamic Gunpowder Empires provides readers with a background of Islamic civilization within the early glossy international via a comparative exam of Islam’s 3 maximum empires—the Ottomans (centered in what's now Turkey), the Safavids (in glossy Iran), and the Mughals (ruling the Indian subcontinent). writer Douglas Streusand explains the origins of the 3 empires; compares the ideological, institutional, army, and monetary participants to their luck; and analyzes the reasons in their upward thrust, enlargement, and supreme transformation and decline. Streusand depicts the 3 empires as part of an built-in overseas method extending from the Atlantic to the Straits of Malacca, emphasizing either the connections and the conflicts inside of that method. He offers the empires as complicated polities within which Islam is one political and cultural part between many. The therapy of the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires contains modern scholarship, dispels universal misconceptions, and offers a good platform for additional research.

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Twelver Shiism didn't develop into the most important and so much influential number of Shiism until eventually the Safavids imposed it on their empire. by the point of Abbas I, the faith the Safavids had imposed had turn into their precept resource of legitimacy. Abbas I posed because the protector and leader shopper of Shari Shii Islam the root of the regime. He started the institution of Shii madrasas specially at Isfahan and made nice demonstrate of his own piety. The Shii ulama replied through justifying Safavid sovereignty in Shari Shii phrases.

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As soon as the Mughals won regulate of Gujarat, they'd powerful regulate of those roots. actual to their imperative Asian background, they relied totally on fastened archers; missing the culture and perform of this hard artwork, their opponents within the subcontinent couldn't box one of these strength. The Mughals additionally made potent use of heavy (shock) cavalry. Their mixture of box artillery and cavalry supplanted an army method in accordance with warfare elephants. The Mughals did use elephants in struggle, fairly of their early campaigns, yet now not as their basic amazing strength.

The Ottoman Empire refrained from involvement within the warfare of Spanish Succession (1701-1714) and, for it slow, the good Northern struggle among Russia and Sweden (1700-1721), regardless of the efforts of France and Sweden to carry them in. The flight of Charles XII of Sweden to Ottoman territory after his nice defeat at Poltava in 1709 ultimately made Ottoman involvement inevitable. The Ottomans supported the Crimean khanate and the Cossacks opposed to Peter the good and really defeated the nice Russian ruler within the Pruth crusade of 1711.

Colin Imber has been the most efficient scholar of Ottoman ideology. His works at the subject comprise his Ottoman Empire, 115-127, “Frozen Legitimacy,” “Ideals and Legitimation in Early Ottoman History,” “The Legend of Osman Ghazi,” “Ottoman Dynastic Myth,” and “Sülaymân As Caliph of the Muslims: Ebû’s-Su‘ûd’s formula of Ottoman Dynastic Ideology. ” Leslie P. Peirce, The Imperial Harem: girls and Sovereignty within the Ottoman Empire, is a really very important contribution. Cornell Fleischer explains the messianic element of Ottoman ideology in “Shadow of Shadows: Prophecy in Politics in 1530s Istanbul,” “Seer to the Sultan: Haydar-i Remmal and Sultan Süleyman,” and “The Lawgiver As Messiah: The Making of the Imperial snapshot within the Reign of Süleymân.

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