Ottoman Historiography Challenges of the Twenty-First Century

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Haim Gerber

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The two books surveyed in this review article have, despite containing quite different subject matter, two important aspects in common: they both try to push the borders of Ottoman historiography and to be truly innovative. The first does that within the challenging new topic of identity—in the first place Ottoman identity, but quite often another kind, sometimes expressed in the life of one person—and the second deals with a much more technical area, that of Ottoman law, challenging several of the theoretical assumptions and conclusions of the former generation of Ottoman legal scholars.




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