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Turks, Moors, and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery
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Turks, Moors, and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery

By Matar, Nabil I.

New York: Columbia University Press, 2000. "During the early modern period, hundreds of Turks and Moors traded in English and Welsh ports, dazzled English society with exotic cuisine and Arabian horses, and worked small jobs in London, while the "Barbary Corsairs" raided coastal towns and, if captured, lingered in Plymouth jails or stood trial in Southampton courtrooms. In turn, Britons fought in Muslim armies, traded and settled in Moroccan or Tunisian harbor towns, joined the international community of pirates in Mediterranean and Atlantic outposts, served in Algerian households and ships, and endured captivity from Salee to Alexandria and from Fez to Mocha. In Turks, Moors, and Englishmen, Nabil Matar vividly presents new data about Anglo-Islamic social and historical interactions. Rather than looking exclusively at literary works, which tended to present unidimensional stereotypes of Muslims?Shakespeare's "superstitious Moor" or Goffe's "raging Turke," to name only two?Matar delves into hitherto unexamined English prison depositions, captives' memoirs, government documents, and Arabic chronicles and histories. The result is a significant alternative to the prevailing discourse on Islam, which nearly always centers around ethnocentrism and attempts at dominance over the non-Western world, and an astonishing revelation about the realities of exchange and familiarity between England and Muslim society in the Elizabethan and early Stuart periods. Concurrent with England's engagement and "discovery" of the Muslims was the "discovery" of the American Indians. In an original analysis, Matar shows how Hakluyt and Purchas taught their readers not only about America but about the Muslim dominions, too; how there were more reasons for Britons to venture eastward than westward; and how, in the period under study, more Englishmen lived in North Africa than in North America. Although Matar notes the sharp political and colonial differences between the English encounter with the Muslims and their encounter with the Indians, he shows how Elizabethan and Stuart writers articulated Muslim in terms of Indian, and Indian in terms of Muslim. By superimposing the sexual constructions of the Indians onto the Muslims, and by applying to them the ideology of holy war which had legitimated the destruction of the Indians, English writers prepared the groundwork for orientalism and for the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century conquest of Mediterranean Islam. Matar's detailed research provides a new direction in the study of England's geographic imagination. It also illuminates the subtleties and interchangeability of stereotype, racism, and demonization that must be taken into account in any responsible depiction of English history.268p. bibliography. index. First Pbk.Ed... Softcover. New.

$27.50

Isik Dogu'dan Yukselir :unlu Turk Ve Mususlmanu Billim Adamilari

By Vural, Cuma [Ed]

Ankara: Panama Yayinclik, 2013. Survey in dictionary format of Turkish and Muslim discoverers, explorers, inventors and scientists. 376p. illus bibliography.. 1st Turkish Edition.. Softcover. New.

$25.00

Home Is Beyond the Mountains
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Home Is Beyond the Mountains

By Lottridge, Celia Barker

Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2010. A novel, based on a true story of Assyrian refugees forced out of their homes by the Turkish Army in 1918. "Nine-year-old Samira and her brother are forced to flee when the Turkish army invades northwestern Persia in 1918, barely surviving the journey and ending up at a refugee camp run by the British Army; After being sent to an orphanage, the director decides to lead the 300 refugee children back to their home villages, an heroic journey of 300 miles through the mountains, on foot.. First Edition.. Hardcover. New/New.

$17.50

Typical commercial buildings of the ottomon classical period and the Ottoman construction System

By Cezar, Mustafa

Ankara: Türkiye Is Bankasi, 1983. Translation from Turkish into English by Ahmet Edip Uysal. A large format well ilustrated handsome volume on Ottoman architecture, focussing on important commercial buildings such as Arastas, Bazaars and Bedestens.315p. illus (col and B &W) maps- including large fold-outs, This book weighs 1.4 kg/3lbs 3oxz.. FirstThus.. Hardcover. As New/As New.

$225.00

Sultanoviot Harem

By Falconer, Colin

Skopje: Kultura, 2012. Translation into Macedonian of "The Sultan's Harem" A dramatic, unforgettable novel of cruelty and passion set in the great Harem of the Ottoman empire.In Constantinople there is only one ruler: Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, Lord of Lords of this World, Possessor of Mens Necks, Allahs Deputy, absolute ruler of the mighty Ottoman Empire. And at the heart of his palace is the Sultans vast Harem, the domain of hundreds of scented, pampered womensome wives, some concubines, some merely slaves. Among them is Gulbehar, the Sultans submissive favorite and mother of his heir; Julia, the daughter of an Italian lord, kidnapped when she attempted to flee Venice with her lover; and Hürrem, a Tartar girl from the Russian steppes, sold into slavery. All three women are beautiful, but Hürrem is the most dangerous - ruthless in her desire to rule the Harem and, ultimately, Suleyman himself. Endlessly manipulative and clever, she carefully arranges the downfall of her rivals and endears herself to the Sultan, which places her at the center of the Empires power. It is his obsession with Hürrem, not his enemies, that costs Suleyman his allies, his sons, and finally his dynasty.. First Thus.. Softcover. As New.

$55.00

The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey: A Disputed Genocide (Utah Series in Turkish and Islamic Stud)
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The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey: A Disputed Genocide (Utah Series in Turkish and Islamic Stud)

By Lewy, Guenter

University of Utah Press, 2005. In 1915, the Ottoman government, then run by the Young Turks, deported most of its Armenian citizens from their eastern Anatolian lands. According to reliable estimates, close to forty percent of the prewar population perished, many in brutal massacres. Armenians call it the first genocide of the twentieth century. Turks speak of an instance of intercommunal warfare and wartime relocation made necessary by the treasonous conduct of their Armenian minority. The voluminous literature on this tragic episode of World War I is characterized by acrimony and distortion in which both sides have simplified a complex historical reality and have resorted to partisan special pleading. The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey examines the rich historical evidence without political preconceptions. Relying on archival materials as well as eye-witness testimony, Guenter Lewy avoids the sterile "was-it-genocide-or-not" debate and presents a detailed account of what actually happened. The result is a book that will open a new chapter in this contentious controversy and may help achieve a long-overdue reconciliation of Armenians and Turks. 370p. bibligraphy.index. First Edition.. Hardcover. New/New.

$35.00

Lords of the Horizons ; a History of The Ottoman Empire
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Lords of the Horizons ; a History of The Ottoman Empire

By Goodwin, Jason

London: Vintage, 1998. "Since the Turks first shattered the glory of the French crusaders in 1396, the Ottoman Empire has exerted a long, strong pull on Western minds. For six hundred years, the Empire swelled and declined. Islamic, martial, civilized, and tolerant, in three centuries it advanced from the dusty foothills of Anatolia to rule on the Danube and the Nile; at the Empire's height, Indian rajahs and the kings of France beseeched its aid. For the next three hundred years the Empire seemed ready to collapse, a prodigy of survival and decay. Early in the twentieth century it fell. In this dazzling evocation of its power, Jason Goodwin explores how the Ottomans rose and how, against all odds, they lingered on. In the process he unfolds a sequence of mysteries, triumphs, treasures, and terrors unknown to most American readers. This was a place where pillows spoke and birds were fed in the snow; where time itself unfolded at a different rate and clocks were banned; where sounds were different, and even the hyacinths too strong to sniff. Dramatic and passionate, comic and gruesome, Lords of the Horizons is a history, a travel book, and a vision of a lost world all in one."352p.illus bibliography.index. 1st.US Edition.. Soft Cover. Near Fine.

$12.50

Lords of the Horizons ; a History of The Ottoman Empire
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Lords of the Horizons ; a History of The Ottoman Empire

By Goodwin, Jason

New York: Henry Holt, 1998. "Since the Turks first shattered the glory of the French crusaders in 1396, the Ottoman Empire has exerted a long, strong pull on Western minds. For six hundred years, the Empire swelled and declined. Islamic, martial, civilized, and tolerant, in three centuries it advanced from the dusty foothills of Anatolia to rule on the Danube and the Nile; at the Empire's height, Indian rajahs and the kings of France beseeched its aid. For the next three hundred years the Empire seemed ready to collapse, a prodigy of survival and decay. Early in the twentieth century it fell. In this dazzling evocation of its power, Jason Goodwin explores how the Ottomans rose and how, against all odds, they lingered on. In the process he unfolds a sequence of mysteries, triumphs, treasures, and terrors unknown to most American readers. This was a place where pillows spoke and birds were fed in the snow; where time itself unfolded at a different rate and clocks were banned; where sounds were different, and even the hyacinths too strong to sniff. Dramatic and passionate, comic and gruesome, Lords of the Horizons is a history, a travel book, and a vision of a lost world all in one."352p. illus. bibliography.index. 1st.US Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine.

$25.00

Constantinople: City of the World's Desire, 1453-1924
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Constantinople: City of the World's Desire, 1453-1924

By Mansel, Philip

New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 1998. Mansel's sweeping narrative of the last five centuries of Constantinople reinterprets the history of the Ottoman Empire and provides an enthralling biography of "the city of the world's desire". "This is a work for the general reader which will also earn the admiration of all academic specialists in Ottoman history" 528p. bibliography index. Clean crisp tight copy Large format softcover weighs over 2 lbs.. 1st Pbk Ed... Softcover. Very Good.

$20.00

The House of Nasi : Dona Gracia

By Roth, Cecil

Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society Of America, 1948. Gracia Mendes Nasi 1510 -1569 (Gracia is Portuguese and Spanish for the Hebrew Hannah, which means Grace, also known by her Christianized name Beatrice de Luna) was one of the wealthiest Jewish women of Renaissance Europe. She married Francisco Mendes/Benveniste. She was the aunt and business partner of Joao Micas (alias, Hebrew name Joseph Nasi), who became a prominent figure in the politics of the Ottoman Empire. She also developed an escape network that saved hundreds of Conversos from the Inquisition 208p. illus. index maps on endpapers [See also the companion volume by this author about her nephew Joseph Nasi]. First Edition.. Hardcover. Near Fiine/Very Good, Slightly Scuffed.

$40.00

The House of Nasi : The Duke of Naxos

By Roth Cecil

Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society Of America, 1948. Dom Joseph Nasi 1524-1579 (or Nassi; also known as João Miques/Micas and Dom João Migas Mendes in a Portuguese variant, Giuseppe Nasi in Italian, and as Yasef Nassi in Ottoman Turkish) , was a Jewish diplomat and administrator, member of the House of Mendes/Benveniste, and a nephew of Dona Gracia Mendes Nasi, and influential figure in the Ottoman Empire during the rules of both Sultan Suleiman I and his son Selim II. He was a great benefactor of the Jewish people.A Court Jew, he was appointed the Lord of Tiberias with the expressed aim of resettling Jews in Ottoman Syria and encouraging industry there; the attempt failed, and, later, he was appointed to the Duke of Naxos.Nasi also brought about war with the Republic of Venice, at the end of which Venice lost the island of Cyprus to the Ottomans. After the death of Selim, he lost influence in the Ottoman Court, but was allowed to keep his titles and pension for the remainder of his life. 250p. illus. index maps on endpapers [See also the companion volume by this author about his aunt, Dona Gracia ]. 1st US Ed... Hardcover. Near Fiine/Very Good, Slightly Scuffed.

$40.00

Topkapi [IN ENGLISH AND ARABIC]

By Yapi-Kredi Bank

Istanbul: Yapi-Kredi Bank, 1982. "This book has been prepared in the context of cultural activity of the Yapi-Kredi Bank for the occasion of the sixth annual meeting of the Devlopment Bank of Islam to be held in Istanbul." It begins with essays in English by various authors : The Harem by Cengiz Koseoglu /The Tiled Kiosk by Hulya Tuncay / The pavilions by Hulya Tezcan/ The Caftans by Fikret Altay /Turkish Embroidery by Nurhayat Berker / The Treasury by Cengiz Koseoglu [pages 1-90] followed by the Arabic text [pages 91-220] The captions to the photographs are in both languages. The textile sections are particularly interesting. [WorldCat lists only 2 copies in the USA]. First Edition.. French Wraps. Very Good/Very Good, Slight Chips.

$195.00

Historia tes Peirateias stous protous chronous tes Tourkokratias 1390-1538

By Krantonelles, Alexandras

Athens: Hestia, 1985. 473p. bibliography. index. Stamp of previous owner on ffep. [WorldCat lists only 10 copies in the USA]. 1st Greek Edition.. French Wraps. Very Good.

$75.00

Topkapi Palace Museum Guide

By Ulker, Mustafa Birol [ed]

Istanbul: Bilkent Kultur Girisimi, 2009. Comprehensive illustrated guide Ottoman the palace and its contents. 196p. illus map.. First Thus.. French Wraps. As New.

$30.00

The Sultan's Admiral :The Life of Barbarossa

By Bradford, Ernle

New York: Harcourt,Brace & World., 1968. The story of Kheir-ed- Din Barbarossa, High Admiral of the Ottoman Navy, Sultan of Algiers, and trusted adviser to Suleiman the Magnificent, whose influence dominated the Mediterranean during the first half of the 16th century. Commonly known as a murderous Barbary Pirate and little else, the book seeks to reveal the true stature of Kheir-ed- Din Barbarossa, brilliant sailor and competent military leader, instigator of a kingdom, organiser of a fleet, and originator of a complex dockyard system that would serve the Ottoman Empire for many years. . 244p. bibliography index maps on endpapers Reading copy only. with marks, commenst and underlinings. 1st US Edition.. Hardcover. Good/Fair (Torn Parts repaired).

$5.00

The Ottoman Empire: The Classical Age 1300-1600
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The Ottoman Empire: The Classical Age 1300-1600

By Inalcik, Halil

London: Phoenix, 2001. A preeminent scholar of Turkish history vividly portrays 300 years of this distinctively Eastern culture as it grew from a military principality to the world's most powerful Islamic state. He paints a striking picture of the prominence of religion and warfare in everyday life, as well as the traditions of statecraft, administration, social values, financial, and land policies. 258p. illus. glossary bibliography index. Softcover. Near Fine.

$30.00

Greece and the Great Powers 1863-1875

By Dontas, Domna

Thessaloniki: Institute for Balkan Studies., 1966. Greek political and diplomatic relations in the early years of the reign of George , and covering issues sucj as the Cretan insurrection of 1866-69 Originally a PhD thesis submitted to the University of London ) 223p. bibliography.. 1st Greek Edition.. Original Wraps. Near Fine/Near Fine.

$90.00

Embassy to Constantinople : The Travels of Lady Mary Wortley Montague

By Wortley Montague,Mary (Lady) (Ed. Christopher Pick)

London: Century, 1988. The delightful observations of Lady Mary Wortley-Montague on Ottoman Turkish life and manners in the 18th.Century, whilst her husband was Ambassdor to the Sublime Porte . The book is enhanced by a wonderful selection of contemporary illustrations.224p. plates (some col.) index. 1st UK Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Illus. by Introduced By Dervla Murphy.

$55.00

An Ottoman Century: The District of Jerusalem in the 1600s (S U N Y Series in Medieval Middle East History)

By Ze'evi, Dror

Albany NY: State University of New York Press, 1996. "Based on micro-level research of the District of Jerusalem, this book addresses some of the most crucial questions concerning the Ottoman empire in a time of crisis and disorientation." 258p. bibliography.index. First Pbk.Ed... Softcover. As New.

$30.00

Selected Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montague

By Wortley Montague,Mary (Lady)

London: Penguin, 1986. Edited by Robert Halsband. 'The remarkable correspondence of a traveller, feminist and notable woman of letters 1708-1762' (includes some of her delightful observations of Ottoman Turkish life and manners in the 18th.Century, whilst her husband was Ambassdor to the Sublime Porte - pages 23-120] 310p. index.Paper age toned, else near fine. Softcover. Near Fine.

$12.00

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