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By Marc David Baer

"Honored by means of the honor of Islam is a crucial new resource at the learn of conversion. a lot of this so much informative publication bargains with the twin position of conversion and conquest in defining the arguable reign of Sultan Mehmed IV. Baer's leading edge analyzing of Ottoman chronicles and his specialise in the nuances of conversion inside one own's faith makes this article a useful presentation of a thrilling new sector of research." --Ethel Wolper, affiliate Professor of historical past, collage of latest Hampshire "Marc Baer bargains an cutting edge interpretation of spiritual conversion, specially conversion to Islam within the Ottoman age. missing adequate facts to invest at the factors of the converts, he as an alternative makes a speciality of the employer of these who initiated the conversion method - for this reason at least the sultan himself. Baer specializes in the occupation of Sultan Mehmed IV (r. 1648-87), and at the those who got here into direct touch together with his courtroom. during this method he sheds very important new mild on a severe interval within the Ottoman Empire's lengthy historical past. Baer additionally convincingly revises the nature of Mehmed IV as a clumsy ruler whose incompetence resulted in the catastrophic siege of Vienna in 1683. This unique learn could be of serious curiosity not just to Ottoman experts, yet to scholars of Islam and of non secular conversion." --R.M.Eaton, Professor of historical past, college of Arizona Winner of the Albert Hourani ebook Award of the center East stories organization of North the United States for the easiest ebook in heart East reports (2008) and short-listed for the easiest First booklet within the background of Religions by way of the yankee Academy of faith (2009).

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1). 2 All the symbols of royal power—gold, fur, and throne—illustrate her might. Yet knowing the reign of her son Ibrahim was effectively over, she attempted to control the process of transition to ensure her continued relevance. 1. Mehmed IV’s first regent, Kösem Sultan. Anonymous, “Valide Sultan/la Maore Regina,” Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Kunstbibliothek, Lipperheide OZ 52, 68. Reproduced with permission. 3 The rebellious men proceeded past Hagia Sophia to the gates of Topkapı Palace.

For this reason, Kösem Sultan could not be banished so easily to the Old Palace in Fatih at the middle of the peninsula of Istanbul, as was customary for the mothers of former sultans. 46 The sentiment of a court poet, that the enthronement of the boy sultan made the world serene, however, could not have been further from the truth. The question facing the dynasty at this point was who would actually run the empire. One of the first imperial decrees issued in Mehmed IV’s name concerned the challenge that his father posed.

The former valide sultan apparently wept while praying before the mantle of Muhammad, agreeing to spare Ibrahim the indignity of imprisonment in favor of journeying to the afterlife. ” In the end, she allowed him to be killed, just as she gave permission for him to be deposed. She articulated the fact that only she could make the final decision concerning who sat on the throne and whether the sultan lived or died: “They said my son Ibrahim was not suitable for the sultanate. ”52 When the grand vizier and the sheikhulislam entered Ibrahim’s chamber with the executioners, he was wearing a rose-colored satin robe, red breeches ornamented with gold, and a skullcap on his head, and held a Qur’an in his hand.

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