9:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Ottoman Empire was one of the longest-lasting empires in world history, stretching across the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Eastern Europe since the 1500s. Its fascinating history has been subject to passionate debates that often depict the Ottoman past in binary terms: as either an idyllic time of harmony among Christians, Jews, and Muslims, or a disastrous age of Muslim violence and repression. This seminar offers a chance to go beyond these conventional images of the Ottoman past. Primarily using examples from Ottoman Balkans, this seminar will focus on the modern period and consider different interpretations of Ottoman “decline”; the dynamics of religious and communal (in)tolerance; and the long-term processes of Ottoman disintegration.
Registration for all Newberry Teachers’ Consortium seminars opens September 4, 2014.
For NTC registration information, please contact Charlotte Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org.