Was the Turk really so 'terrible'?

Norton, Claire (2006) Was the Turk really so 'terrible'? The Pastoral Review, 2 (4). pp. 16-22. ISSN 1748-362X

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The Ottoman empire, from its inception until the present day, has frequently been portrayed as oppressive towards its non-Muslim subjects and bent on the destruction of Christendom through the prosecution of cihad or holy war: it was, according to various sixteenth century Turkenbuchlein writers, the 'scourge of God' and 'a Hereditary Foe of all Christians'. Simultaneously however, a parallel, but opposite discourse has stressed Ottoman religious tolerance towards, and co-existence with, its non-Muslim subjects and non-Muslim foreigners resident in the empire. So, was the Ottoman Empire an early modern embodiment of multi-culturalism or did it constitute a 'yoke of oppression' for its Christian and Jewish subjects?

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ottoman Empire
Subjects: 900 History & geography > 956 History of the Middle East (Near East)
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Catherine O'Sullivan
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2014 11:29
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 11:29
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/791


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