The Making of Selim

The Making of Selim : Succession, Legitimacy, and Memory in the Early Modern Ottoman World

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The father of the legendary Ottoman sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, Selim I ("The Grim") set the stage for centuries of Ottoman supremacy by doubling the size of the empire. Conquering Eastern Anatolia, Syria, and Egypt, Selim promoted a politicized Sunni Ottoman* identity against the Shiite Safavids of Iran, thus shaping the early modern Middle East. Analyzing a wide array of sources in Ottoman-Turkish, Persian, and Arabic, H. Erdem Cipa offers a fascinating revisionist reading of Selim's rise to power and the subsequent reworking and mythologizing of his persona in 16th- and 17th-century Ottoman historiography. In death, Selim continued to serve the empire, becoming represented in ways that reinforced an idealized image of Muslim sovereignty in the early modern Eurasian world.
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  • Hardback | 442 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 28.7mm | 40g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 2 maps
  • 0253024234
  • 9780253024237

Table of contents

Note on Transliteration
Part One: The Making of a Sultan
1. Politics of Succession: Selim's Path to the Throne
2. Politics of Factions

Part Two: The Creation of Selim's Composite Image
Part Two Introduction: A Historiographical Survey
3. Selim, The Legitimate Ruler
4. Selim, The Idealized Ruler
5. Selim, The Divinely Ordained Ruler
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About H. Erdem Cipa

H. Erdem Cipa is Assistant Professor of Ottoman History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is author of Yavuz'un Kavgas: I. Selim'in Saltanat Mucadelesi and editor (with Emine Fetvac) of Writing History at the Ottoman Court: Editing the Past, Fashioning the Future.
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