Islamic Gunpowder Empires: Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Islamic Gunpowder Empires

Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals, 1st Edition

By Douglas E. Streusand


410 pages

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Paperback: 9780813313597
pub: 2010-10-05

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Islamic Gunpowder Empires provides readers with a history of Islamic civilization in the early modern world through a comparative examination of Islam's three greatest empires: the Ottomans (centered in what is now Turkey), the Safavids (in modern Iran), and the Mughals (ruling the Indian subcontinent). Author Douglas Streusand explains the origins of the three empires; compares the ideological, institutional, military, and economic contributors to their success; and analyzes the causes of their rise, expansion, and ultimate transformation and decline. Streusand depicts the three empires as a part of an integrated international system extending from the Atlantic to the Straits of Malacca, emphasizing both the connections and the conflicts within that system. He presents the empires as complex polities in which Islam is one political and cultural component among many. The treatment of the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires incorporates contemporary scholarship, dispels common misconceptions, and provides an excellent platform for further study.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Preface Author's Note and Acknowledgements Note on Transliteration and Dating 1 Introduction 2 Common Heritage, Common Dilemma 3 The Ottoman Empire 4 The Safavid Empire 5 The Mughal Empire 6 Conclusion Glossary Dynastic Tables Chronology Bibliographic Essay Bibliography Illustration Credits Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern