Contested Conversions to Islam: Narratives of Religious by Tijana Krstic

By Tijana Krstic

This ebook explores how Ottoman Muslims and Christians understood the phenomenon of conversion to Islam from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries, whilst the Ottoman Empire was once on the peak of its strength and conversions to Islam peaked. as the Ottomans governed over a wide non-Muslim inhabitants and prolonged higher possibilities to converts than to native-born Muslims, conversion to Islam was once a contentious topic for all groups, specially Muslims themselves. through generating narratives approximately conversion, Ottoman Muslim and Christian authors sought to outline the limits and club in their groups whereas selling their very own spiritual and political agendas. Krstic argues that the construction and stream of narratives approximately conversion to Islam was once important to the articulation of Ottoman imperial identification and Sunni Muslim "orthodoxy" within the lengthy sixteenth century.

Placing the evolution of Ottoman attitudes towards conversion and converts within the broader context of Mediterranean-wide non secular traits and the Ottoman contention with the Habsburgs and Safavids, Contested Conversions to Islam additionally introduces new resources, resembling first-person conversion narratives and Orthodox Christian neomartyologies, to bare the interaction of person, (inter)communal, neighborhood, and imperial projects that inspired the method of conversion.

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