An explosive global history of Sultan Selim I and how he changed the course of global history.
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A Times Literary Supplement and History Today Book of the Year
‘An astonishing and thrilling story.’ Stephen Greenblatt
The Ottoman Empire was a hub of flourishing intellectual fervour, geopolitical power, and enlightened pluralistic rule. At the helm of its ascent was the omnipotent Sultan Selim I (1470–1520).
Alan Mikhail centres Selim’s Ottoman Empire and Islam as the very pivots of global history, redefining such world-changing events as Christopher Columbus’s voyages, the Protestant Reformation, and the transatlantic slave trade. Mikhail’s ground-breaking account vividly recaptures Selim’s life, radically reshaping our understanding of a world we thought we knew.
Fascinating . . . Gripping.
Mikhail makes it his mission to demonstrate how this utterly compelling leader helped define his age. And he succeeds with a flourish.
Always interesting . . . The highest praise for a history book is that it makes you think about things in a new way
Alan Mikhail is a very original and inventive historian.
Captivating . . . A terrific guide to the Ottomans during a period of profound change.
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