Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

CONTENTS

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pp. vii-viii

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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pp. ix-x

List of Abbreviations

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pp. xi-xii

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NOTE ON USAGE

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pp. xiii-xvi

...commonly used in most English-language scholarly journals, such as IJMES. In cases in which the context might be either Arabic, Persian, or Turkish, the transliteration system appropriate to the original language has been preferred. In Perso-Turkish contexts Turkish...

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. xvii-xx

...While I was a student at Princeton University, Norman Itzkowitz initiated me into the mysteries of Ottoman studies, and his critical acumen and imagination have contributed enormously to this work. Martin Dickson first suggested Ali as an ideal research...

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. 3-10

...historians. The Ottomans, and their successors in the modern Republic of Turkey, carefully preserved a wealth of manuscript and archival material and a sophisticated historiographical tradition, which render the history of the Empire, in all diverse facets of its economic, political, and cultural life, accessible to scholars from many disciplines...

I AN OTTOMAN LIFE

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ONE THE MAKING OF AN OTTOMAN

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pp. 13-40

...the glories of his homeland, to recollection of family and friends, and to recapitulation of his own literary career. A few lines from this work constitute almost all the information available...

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TWO THE POET AT THE GATES

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pp. 41-69

...His literacy and the poetic skills he had honed in the salons of the capital had further won him three years at the court of the heir to the Ottoman throne, where, however...

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THREE TO THE EAST

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pp. 70-108

...Bosnia, where he had risen through the ranks of the provincial military system to gain a sizable income. As his financial position improved, his personal household grew...

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FOUR TOWARD THE MILLENNIUM: WAR, APOCALYPSE, AND HISTORY

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pp. 109-142

...himself with letters of recommendation, signed by Uveys Pasa and other frontier dignitaries and addressed to Sultan Murad, Prince Mehmed, and Hoca Sa'diiddin. With...

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FIVE THE FINAL YEARS

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pp. 143-188

...of dislocation and social alienation. He voiced this feeling in poetry that decried the times, which allowed him no honorable place in society and subordinated him to lesser folk...

II

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SIX KANUN-CONSCIOUSNESS IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY

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pp. 191-200

...education, professional advancements and trials, and the evolution of his literary interests and production have provided a focus for the study of a major Ottoman intellectual. Ali's biography...

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SEVEN ALI ON THE OTTOMAN CAREER PATHS

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pp. 201-213

...time, [due to] contravention of customary laws." He elaborates that each functionary covets the position of those above him; judges seek to become district governor...

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EIGHT BUREAUCRACY AND BUREAUCRATIC CONSCIOUSNESS

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pp. 214-232

...century. Rather, it was a loose structure dominated by the personal offices of its two premier officeholders: the chancellor, who oversaw chancery affairs, and the treasurer, who...

III

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NINE OTTOMAN HISTORICAL WRITING IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY

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pp. 235-252

...prominent facet of his life and work. Certain aspects of Ali's historical orientation have been discussed, and his veracity examined, in the preceding chapters where they were...

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TEN MUSLIM AND OTTOMAN

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pp. 253-272

...identified with the distinctive regional culture that had developed in Anatolia and Rumeli. As a graduate of the ilmiye educational system, he also identified with...

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ELEVEN THE TURKIC AND MONGOL HERITAGE

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pp. 273-292

...community of believers and the integral universality of the seri'at. Regional dynasties and institutions like the Selcuk sultanate ultimately derived such legitimacy as they...

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TWELVE THE REIGN OF MURAD III

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pp. 293-310

...historical events and patterns. In terms of presentation, Ali derives his general principles from analysis of history before applying those principles to interpretation...

APPENDIX A

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pp. 311-314

APPENDIX B

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pp. 315-318

GLOSSARY

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pp. 319-332

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 333-344

INDEX

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pp. 345-364

Image Plates

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pp. 365-388