MO3081 The Ottoman Empire 1300 - 1700
Lecturer Dr Dimitri Kastritsis (Room 133 New Arts Building)
Credits 30
Availability Semester 1, 2019-20
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Description This course studies the development and culture of the ‘classical’ Ottoman Empire, from its definitive establishment in the middle of the fifteenth century into the seventeenth century. Themes include Ottoman expansion in Europe and the Middle East; centralisation and its discontents; relations with neighbours, such as Safavid Iran, the Habsburg Empire, and the Portuguese in the Indian Ocean; and Ottoman attitudes toward their empire and the wider world. In addition to knowledge of important historical events, this module aims to provide an introduction to the culture and social composition of the empire in the period under examination.

Basic Reading
  • Evliya Çelebi. Selections from the Book of Travels, ed. and tr. Robert Dankoff and Sooyong Kim, An Ottoman Traveller (London, 2010).
  • Inalcik, Halil. The Ottoman Empire: The Classical Age, 1300-1600 (London, 1973 etc).
  • Kafadar, Cemal. Between Two Worlds: The Construction of the Ottoman State (Berkeley, 1995).
  • Kafadar, Cemal. ‘The Ottomans and Europe.’ In Thomas A. Brady, Handbook of European history, 1400-1600: Late Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation (Leiden, 1994-95), vol. 1, 589-627.


Course Structure

One two-hour meeting per week

Assessment 60% examination – one 3-hour paper
40% coursework – 2 pieces of written work, 1 oral presentation  

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning about the classical age of an empire that played a decisive role in Islamic and European history and in shaping European perceptions of the Middle East
  • Exposure to a wide variety of original source material, both textual and visual
  • Understanding the historical development of the Middle East and southeastern
Restrictions ME3424, ME3610