Islamic Gunpowder Empires: Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals by Douglas E. StreusandIslamic Gunpowder Empires: Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals by Douglas E. Streusand

Islamic Gunpowder Empires: Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals

byDouglas E. Streusand

Paperback | October 5, 2010

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Islamic Gunpowder Empires provides readers with a history of Islamic civilization in the early modern world through a comparative examination of Islam's three greatest empires: the Ottomans (centered in what is now Turkey), the Safavids (in modern Iran), and the Mughals (ruling the Indian subcontinent). Author Douglas Streusand explains the origins of the three empires; compares the ideological, institutional, military, and economic contributors to their success; and analyzes the causes of their rise, expansion, and ultimate transformation and decline. Streusand depicts the three empires as a part of an integrated international system extending from the Atlantic to the Straits of Malacca, emphasizing both the connections and the conflicts within that system. He presents the empires as complex polities in which Islam is one political and cultural component among many. The treatment of the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires incorporates contemporary scholarship, dispels common misconceptions, and provides an excellent platform for further study.
Douglas E. Streusandhas studied Islamic civilization for thirty years. He is professor of international relations at the US Marine Corps Command & Staff College and adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics. He has previously taught at the University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland University College, and Th...
Title:Islamic Gunpowder Empires: Ottomans, Safavids, and MughalsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:410 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:October 5, 2010Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813313597

ISBN - 13:9780813313597


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Author’s Note and Acknowledgements
Note on Transliteration and Dating

1 Introduction
2 Common Heritage, Common Dilemma
3 The Ottoman Empire
4 The Safavid Empire
5 The Mughal Empire
6 Conclusion

Dynastic Tables
Bibliographic Essay
Illustration Credits

Editorial Reviews

"With Islamic Gunpowder Empires, Douglas Streusand has contributed a masterful comparative analysis and an up-to-date reinterpretation of the significance of the early modern Islamic empires. This book makes profound scholarly insights readily accessible to undergraduate students and will be useful in world history surveys as well as more advanced courses.”—Hope Benne, Salem State College“Streusand creatively reexamines the military and political history and structures of the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires. He breaks down the process of transformation and makes their divergent outcomes comprehensible, not only to an audience of specialists, but also to undergraduates and general readers. Appropriate for courses in world, early modern, or Middle Eastern history as well as the political sociology of empires.”—Linda T. Darling, University of Arizona “Streusand does a very good job of narrating and describing these three empires, despite their unique sets of conditions and characteristics. He is to be commended for navigating these hearty and substantial historiographies to pull together an analytical textbook which will be both informative and thought provoking for the undergraduate university audience.”—Colin Mitchell, Dalhousie University