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The Muslim Empires of the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals

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  • Date Published: January 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521691420

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  • Between 1453 and 1526 Muslims founded three major states in the Mediterranean, Iran and South Asia: respectively the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires. By the early seventeenth century their descendants controlled territories that encompassed much of the Muslim world, stretching from the Balkans and North Africa to the Bay of Bengal and including a combined population of between 130 and 160 million people. This book is the first comparative study of the politics, religion, and culture of these three empires between 1300 and 1923. At the heart of the analysis is Islam, and how it impacted on the political and military structures, the economy, language, literature and religious traditions of these great empires. This original and sophisticated study provides an antidote to the modern view of Muslim societies by illustrating the complexity, humanity and vitality of these empires, empires that cannot be reduced simply to religious doctrine.

    • The first comparative study of the politics, religion, and culture of the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires
    • Written in a clear and accessible style with numerous illustrations and an extensive glossary
    • The linking thread is Islam and how it impacted on the politics, economy, language and religion of the empires
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'In sum, this is a vivid, learned, yet approachable comparative study of three remarkable Muslim empires at the height of their power and prestige, positioned carefully in their historical context. Scholars of the Islamic world used to believe that it reached its apogee in the early centuries after the Arab conquests, during the period of the early Abbasid caliphate. Dale's book provides ample grounds for suspecting that things may not be quite that simple.' David Morgan, The Times Literary Supplement

    'Professor Dale deploys an impressive range of contemporary and modern sources in taking us through the intertwined history of the three empires.' Asian Affairs

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521691420
    • length: 362 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 151 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.576kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus. 18 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. India, Iran and Anatolia, 10th–16th centuries
    2. The rise of Muslim empires
    3. The legitimacy of monarchs and the institutions of empires
    4. The economies in c.1600
    5. Imperial cultures
    6. Golden ages: profane and sacred empires
    7. Imperial culture in the golden age
    8. Quests for a phoenix.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Age of Empire: Ottomans, Safavids and Mughals
    • Art of the Islamic World
    • Art of the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals: Royalty, Kingship, and the Court
    • Asia in World-Historical Perspective
    • Comparative Islamic Empires
    • Cultures of the Near East (CAMS/History 400W)
    • Early Modern Islamic Empires
    • Evolution of International Order
    • Gunpowder Empires: Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals
    • History of Iran
    • History of Islam in South Asia
    • History of Islamicate Word
    • History of Medieval Islamic Civilization
    • History of Muslim Societies
    • History of the Early Modern Middle East
    • History of the Middle East to 1800
    • History of the Middle Near East
    • Intro to Middle East Studies
    • Introduction to Middle Eastern History
    • Introduction to the Middle East
    • Iraq and Iran in History
    • Islam & Islamic political thought
    • Islam and Modernity in Central Asia
    • Islamic Civilizations
    • Islamic Empires
    • Islamic History, 1200-1800
    • Islamic History, 1400-1800
    • Islamic History, 600-1800
    • Islamic Jurisprudence
    • Medieval Islam
    • Middle East History and Culture
    • Middle East to 1800
    • Modern Middle East History
    • Muslim Empires Compared: The Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals
    • Muslim Empires: The Ottomans, Safavids, and Muhgals
    • Political Economy of Development
    • Politics of Asia and/or Politics of Asia
    • Rise of Islam to 1800
    • Russia's Orient
    • The Literature of World History: The Early Modern World
    • The Literature of the Silk Road
    • The Middle East & the Rise of Gunpowder Empires
    • The Middle East From 1453 to 1918.
    • The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1922
    • The Ottoman World
    • Topics in Early America: Beyond the Atlantic World
    • World History ll (since 1500)
  • Author

    Stephen F. Dale, Ohio State University
    Stephen F. Dale is a Professor in the Department of History at Ohio State University. His previous publications include Indian Merchants and Eurasian Trade 1600–1750 (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and The Garden of the Eight Paradises: Babur and the Culture of Empire in Central Asia, Afghanistan and India 1483–1530 (2004).

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