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Advanced Historical Literature


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Religious Communities and the Early Modern Ottoman State

Beginning with the confessionalisation debate, this seminar will examine how the Ottoman state dealt with a variety of religious communities that resided in its territories in the period 1500-1850. Rather than restrict ourselves to reified categories such as millet, Sufi order, or sect, we will use the recent historiography about a variety of groups that defy easy description to rethink Ottoman religious policy and practice. These communities include Alevis/Betashis, Nusayri-Alawis, Donmes, Christian converts to Islam, and others, including the Ottoman learned establishment. This course will be of interest to students of early modern religion, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, and secularization.


No pre-requisites have been entered for this course.


View the course’s Canvas page or the instructor’s page for documents: Adam Sabra   

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