Honored by the Glory of Islam: Conversion and Conquest in Ottoman Europe

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byMarc David Baer

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Marc David Baer proposes a novel approach to the historical record of Islamic conversions during the Ottoman age and gathers fresh insights concerning the nature of religious conversion itself. Rather than explaining Ottoman Islamization in terms of the converts' motives, Baer concentrates onthe proselytizing sultan Mehmet IV (1648-87).Winner of the Albert Hourani Book Award of the Middle East Studies Association of North America for the best book in Middle East Studies (2008) and short-listed for the Best First Book in the History of Religions by the American Academy of Religion (2009).

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Marc David Baer proposes a novel approach to the historical record of Islamic conversions during the Ottoman age and gathers fresh insights concerning the nature of religious conversion itself. Rather than explaining Ottoman Islamization in terms of the converts' motives, Baer concentrates onthe proselytizing sultan Mehmet IV (1648-87)...

Marc David Baer is Associate Professor of History at the University of California at Irvine.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.79 inPublished:August 4, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Conversion of Self, Others, Sacred Space, and Conquest1. Inauspicious Enthronement2. A Decade of Crisis3. Enjoying Good and Forbidding Wrong4. Islamizing Istanbul5. Conversion to Piety: Mehmed IV and Preacher Vani Mehmed Efendi6. Converting the Jewish Prophet and Jewish Physicians7. Conversion and Conquest: Ghazi Mehmed IV and Candia8. Conversion and Conquest: Ghaza in Central and Eastern Europe9. Hunting for Converts10. The Failed Final Jihad11. Mehmed IV's Life and Legacy, From Ghazi to HunterConclusion: Islamic Rulers and the Process of ConversionPostscript: Silences and Traces of the PastNotesBibliography

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"Marc Baer offers an innovative interpretation of religious conversion, especially conversion to Islam in the Ottoman age. Lacking enough evidence to speculate on the motives of the converts, he instead focuses on the agency of those who initiated the conversion process - in this case no lessthan the sultan himself. Baer focuses on the career of Sultan Mehmed IV (r. 1648-87), and on the people who came into direct contact with his court. In this way he sheds important new light on a critical period in the Ottoman Empire's long history. Baer also convincingly revises the character ofMehmed IV as an inept ruler whose incompetence led to the catastrophic siege of Vienna in 1683. This original study will be of great interest not only to Ottoman specialists, but to students of Islam and of religious conversion." --R.M.Eaton, Professor of History, University of Arizona