Some Questions


Possible Starting Places

  "The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors, Episode 1," BBC Two, 2013:  Rageh Omaar's three-hour introduction to the Ottomans.

"The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors, Episode 2," BBC Two, 2013:  Rageh Omaar's three-hour introduction to the Ottomans.

"The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors, Episode 3," BBC Two, 2013:  Rageh Omaar's three-hour introduction to the Ottomans.

  "Byzantium: A Tale Of Three Cities," Episode 3, BBC Four, 2013:  The concluding episode of Simon Montefiore's three-part history of Istanbul examines the Islamic city.

Elif Batuman, "Ottomania," New Yorker (February 17/24, 2014).

Ottoman Empire In The News

Lawrence Osborne, "A City Where East Meets West And The Past Is Always Present," New York Times, January 4, 2018.

Thomas F. Madden, "The Woman Who Smashed A Glass Ceiling In The 16th Century," New York Times, November 22, 2017.

  Behlul Ozkan, "The Failure Of A Neo-Ottoman Foreign Policy," New York Times, December 7, 2016.

  Todd Van Luling, "The Last Time The Cubs Won, The Ottoman Empire Still Existed," Huffington Post, October 31, 2016.

  "Hungary: Unearthing Suleiman The Magnificent's Tomb," Al Jazeera, August 17, 2016.

  Charlotte Di Carcaci, "Designers Delight In The Look Of The Ottoman Empire," New York Times, October 20, 2015.

  Ishaan Tharoor, "Hungary's Orban Invokes Ottoman Invasion To Justify Keeping Refugees Out," Washington Post, September 4, 2015.

  Khaled Diab, "The Empire Must Not Strike Back," Al Jazeera, May 28, 2015.

  "Turkey: Selfie-Taking Ottoman Prince Statue Vandalized," BBC News, May 11, 2015.

"Turkey: Prime Minister Visits Ottoman Tomb In Syria," New York Times, May 10, 2015.

  Eugene Rogan, "A War To End Jihad," New York Times, May 1, 2015.

  Christopher De Bellaigue, "'The Fall Of The Ottomans: The Great War In The Middle East, 1914-1920,' By Eugene Rogan -- Review," Guardian, April 28, 2015.

  Anthony Sattin, "'The Fall Of The Ottomans' Review -- An Absorbing History Of The Impact Of The First World War On The Middle East," Observer, March 1, 2015.

  "Turkey: Candidates Don Ottoman-Themed Outfits," BBC News, February 26, 2015.

  "Turkey Enters Syria To Remove Precious Suleyman Shah Tomb," BBC News, February 22, 2015.

Mustafa Akyol, "How Turkey Sabotaged Its Future," New York Times, December 22, 2014.

Ishaan Tharoor, "Why Turkey's President Wants To Revive The Language Of The Ottoman Empire," Washington Post, December 12, 2014.

  Fares Akram, "Ottoman History Flows Back Into Gaza," Al Jazeera, June 4, 2014.

  Patrick Bishop, "Britain's Legacy To The Tortured Ottoman Empire," Telegraph, February 1, 2014.

  Fisun Guner, "The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors, BBC Two," Arts Desk, October 7, 2013.

  David Shariatmadari, "Middle East Turmoil Is Fuelling Ottoman Nostalgia: But It's A Dead End," Guardian, October 6, 2013.

Sarah Crompton, "The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors, BBC Two, Review," Telegraph, October 6, 2013.

Julia Michalska, "Hunt For Sultan's Heart Uncovers An Ottoman Village In Hungary," Art Newspaper, October 2013.

  Peter Popham, "End Of Empire: The Glory Of The Ottomans -- And The Devastation Wreaked Since They Lost Power," Independent, September 29, 2013.

  Nick Thorpe, "The Search For Suleiman The Magnificent's Heart," BBC Newsmagazine, September 1, 2013.

  Michael Birnbaum, "Turkey Brings A Gentle Vision Of The Ottoman Empire Back To The Balkans," Guardian Weekly, April 2, 2013.

  "'Empire Strikes Back': Turkish Seculars Oppose 'Ottoman Dress' For Hostesses," Al Arabiya News, February 25, 2013.

Dan Bilefsky, "As If The Ottoman Period Never Ended," New York Times, October 29, 2012.

  Fiachra Gibbons, "Turkish Delight In Epic Fetih 1453," Guardian, April 12, 2012.

  Andrew Finkel, "A City Under Siege," New York Times, March 1, 2012.

  Bridget Kendall, "Turks Sense Dawn Of New Era Of Power And Confidence," BBC News, November 21, 2011.

Mitch Potter, "Is Turkey Building A New Ottoman Empire," Toronto Star, November 13, 2011.

  Tehmina Kazi, "The Ottoman Empire's Secular History Undermines Sharia Claims," Guardian, October 7, 2011.

  Susanne Fowler, "The Dirt, And The Soap, On The Ottoman Empire," New York Times, March 17, 2011.

  Liesl Schillinger, "A Turkish Idyll Lost In Time," New York Times, July 8, 2011.

  Raheel Mohammed, "Book Of Travels: How The Ottomans Shaped London," BBC London, June 14, 2010.

  William Dalrymple, "Review Of 'Pashas: Traders And Travellers In The Islamic World' By James Mather," Observer, January 31, 2010.

  Dan Bilefsky, "Frustrated With West, Turks Revel In Empire Lost," New York Times, December 4, 2009.

  Daniel Steinvorth, "Nostalgia For The Ottomans: Disillusioned With Europe, Turkey Looks East," Spiegel International, November 12, 2009.

Adam Kirsch, "Knowledge Without A Larger Understanding," New York Sun, March 8, 2006.

  Grace Glueck, "Under The Ottomans, Greece At Work," New York Times, December 30, 2005.

  Mark Landler, "Istanbul Journal: A Subway Bores Into The Ottoman And Byzantine Eras," New York Times, August 2, 2005.

David Fromkin, "The World; A World Still Haunted By Ottoman Ghosts," New York Times, March 9, 2003.

  "Empire Of The Ottomans," BBC News, January 8, 2002.

Ben Holland, "Ottoman Empire Still Has Pull For Many Turks," Christian Science Monitor, March 31, 1999.

Alan Riding, "Ottoman Art Seeking A Robust Image," New York Times, August 22, 1995.

Audio And Video Sources

"The Ark: After The Fall Of Constantinople," Sunday Nights, ABC Local, March 20, 2016.

"Syria Tomb Operation: A Change In Turkey's Policy?," Inside Story, Al Jazeera, February 23, 2015.

  "The Crescent And The Cross," Part 3, BBC World Service, November 23, 2009.

  "The Siege Of Vienna," In Our Time, BBC Radio 4, May 14, 2009.

  "The Siege Of Constantinople," In Our Time, BBC Radio 4, December 28, 2006.

"The Middle East And The West: The Rise Of the Ottomans," All Things Considered, NPR, August 18, 2004.

"Ottoman Empire Display," Morning Edition, NPR, April 10, 2000.


  "Had The Ottoman Empire Been Saved Rather Than Sunk," Economist (July 13, 2017).

Nick Danforth, "Turkey's New Maps Are Reclaiming The Ottoman Empire," Foreign Policy (October 23, 2016).

Adam LeBor, "Growing Nostalgia In Turkey For The Glory Days Of The Ottoman Empire," Newsweek (June 9, 2015).

Adnan R. Khan, "Resurrecting The Ottoman Empire," Maclean's (June 5, 2015).

Caroline Finkel, "Traveller's Tales," History Today, 61 (November 2011): 32-38.

James Mather, "The Turkey Merchants," History Today, 61 (May 2011): 27-32.

Tony Rothman, "The Great Siege Of Malta," History Today, 57 (January 2007): 12-19.

Judith Herrin, "The Fall Of Constantinople," History Today, 53 (June 2003).

Philip Mansel, "Europe's Muslim Capital," History Today, 53 (June 2003).

"Goodbye To The Mamluks," Economist (December 23, 1999).

Philip Mansel, "Art And Diplomacy In Ottoman Constantinople," History Today, 46 (August 1996).


  Ottoman Empire -- Wikipedia:  An entry from the on-line encyclopedia.

  Ottomans.Org:  A comprehensive overview of the empire.

Ottoman Empire (1301-1922):  A very brief introduction from  the BBC Religions page.


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