Exploring Ottoman Sovereignty: Tradition, Image and Practice by Rhoads Murphey

By Rhoads Murphey

Is it attainable to spot the 'essence' of Ottoman kingship? And if this is the case, what have been the center motivating ideas that ruled the dynasty over its six hundred yr lifespan and the way non-stop and constant have been they? Following the demise of the dynasty's eponymous founder Osman in 1324, 35 successors held the throne. regardless of the big variety of personality qualities, tendencies and private personal tastes, they led the growth, stagnation and eventual cave in of the empire. Rhoades Murphey deals an alternate means of knowing the soul of the empire as mirrored in its key ruling establishment: the sultanate. for a lot of the interval of centralized Ottoman rule among ca. 1450 and 1850 all the dynasty's successive rulers constructed and used the nation bureaucratic equipment to accomplish their ruling priorities, established round the palace and courtroom tradition and rituals of sovereignty in addition to the sultan's function because the head of the valuable kingdom administrative gear.
Sovereignty used to be hooked up to the individual of the sultan who moved (with his courtroom) either frequently and for lengthy remains clear of his critical place of abode. within the interval among 1360 and 1453 there have been twin capitals at Bursa and Edirne (Adrianople) or even after 1453 a number of Ottoman sultans confirmed a choice for Edirne over Istanbul. Even Sultan Suleyman the wonderful - held by means of the Ottomans, western contemporaries and glossy analysts alike to be the head and paragon of Ottoman kingship - spent way more time clear of his place of dwelling on the Topkapi Palace than in it. This publication explores the growing to be complexity of the empire because it absorbed cultural affects and imperial legacies from a large range of resources every one in flip engendering an additional interpretation of latest notions of kingship and definitions of the position and serve as of the ruler.

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