NEAREAST 320 - History of the Ottoman Empire: The "Post-Classical Age", (ca. 1600-1922)
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Near East Studies (NEAREAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Enforced Prerequisites:
Not available to students who have completed AAPTIS 291 (#17) or HISTORY 303 (# 13) when taught with the topic "The Ottoman Empire in the 'Post Classical Age'".
May not be repeated for credit.
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Spanning three continents, the Ottoman Empire was home to a rich variety of peoples, faiths, and languages and is often described as a meeting place of East and West. This course surveys the empire from its height under Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent in the 16th century to its final collapse in the early 20th century, covering political history but also elements of popular and Turco-Islamic elite culture. It will introduce students to a diverse and cosmopolitan empire, and to traditions that were dynamic fusions rather than derivative. Major themes include:

  • Ottoman self-perceptions and the notion of “decline”
  • Changes in political and military institutions
  • “Center vs. periphery” and decentralization
  • Social unrest and religious movements
  • Order and disorder, disintegration and reform
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Scholastic culture (law, theology, ethics), literature, and poetry
  • Visual arts and architecture
  • The transformation from empire to nation states

Course Requirements:

Attendance and participation (20%), Two Reading Analyses/Writing Assignments (3-4 pages each, 20%), Midterm (combination of short questions and essays, 20%), Term Paper with revisions (12-15 pages, 40%).

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate students interested in the political and the social history of the Turkish people in general and that of the Ottoman Empire in particular. Especially interested may be concentrators in NES and History.

Class Format:

Twice weekly lectures

NEAREAST 320 - History of the Ottoman Empire: The "Post-Classical Age", (ca. 1600-1922)
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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