The Origins of the Ottoman Empire by M. Fuad KopruluThe Origins of the Ottoman Empire by M. Fuad Koprulu

The Origins of the Ottoman Empire

byM. Fuad KopruluEdited and translated byGary Leiser

Paperback | December 27, 1991

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In The Origins of the Ottoman Empire, Köprülü criticized as unscientific the prevailing Western explanations of the origins of the Ottoman Empire. Leiser's translation from the Turkish reveals Köprülü's modern historiographic method, and his unique contribution in describing the nature of the relevant Muslim sources. Using these and other references, Köprülü gave the first broad comprehensive account-political, religious, social, and economic-of the Turkish history of Anatolia in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, and outlined the major factors that led to the rise of the Ottomans.
Gary Leiser is a Middle East Historian, Headquarters, Twenty-Second Air Force at Travis Air Force Base. He has also translated and edited A History of the Seljuks: Ibrahim Kafesogûlu's Interpretation and the Resulting Controversy.
Title:The Origins of the Ottoman EmpireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:155 pages, 8.77 × 5.58 × 0.47 inPublished:December 27, 1991Publisher:State University of New York Press

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ISBN - 10:0791408205

ISBN - 13:9780791408209

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Table of Contents



Preface to the French Edition

Introduction to the Turkish Edition

1. The Question of the Founding of the Ottoman Empire and How it Should be Studied

A. Gibbons' Theory: Summary and Criticism
B. The Conditions Necessary to Study the Problem in a Logical Manner

2. A Review of the Political and Social History of Anatolia in the Thirteenth Century and the First Half of the Fourteenth Century

A. Major Political Events
B. Ethnic Factors
C. A Brief Outline of the Social and Economic History
D. Intellectual Life

3. Life Along the Border and the Founding of the Ottoman Empire

A. The Tribe of Osman
B. Life on the Marches
C. The Early History of the Ottoman State





Editorial Reviews

"The translation of Köprülü's seminal work into English is long overdue and sorely needed in the classroom. It is, therefore, a pleasure to see it translated most competently. Leiser's prose is smooth and limpid, which is an improvement over the author's often convoluted (though never opaque) narrative. The addition of a bibliography and the recasting of the footnotes is laudable."It deals with a most significant historical issue in an original, comprehensive and incisive manner. Especially impressive is the depth that the author brings to his subject as (among other things) an Islamicist, a dimension that is normally missing from scholars of Ottoman history." - Ahmet T. Karamustafa, Washington University