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English literature on the Ottoman Turks
in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

INGRAM, ANDERS (2009) English literature on the Ottoman Turks
in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Doctoral thesis, Durham University.



In the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century a large and complex English literature on the Ottoman Turks developed, characterised by its diversity in form, content, opinion and context. This was a literature in the sense of a large body of texts sharing a topic, written in a similar time and place and in similar context, but also in the sense of a discourse, sharing literary conventions, citing similar sources, recycling information, accepted ‘facts’, anecdotes and images and drawing upon the same authorities.

I examine this literature from its sixteenth-century roots, tracing its growth at the turn of the seventeenth century and its development into a complex literature, influenced by English religious and political contexts as well as growing Anglo-Ottoman trade and diplomacy, until the dramatic changes brought by diminishing Ottoman power in Europe at the close of that century. I draw these sources together as a ‘literature’, by examining trends, chronological developments and connections between them, while on the other hand I focus upon the contexts of individual works and a nuanced reading of their representations of the Ottomans. Through this I seek to bring a broader and more balanced perspective on both English literature on the Ottomans as a whole and the diversity and complexity of the works of which it was comprised.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Keywords:"Ottoman Empire; England; Orientalism; Early Modern; Islam"
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Arts and Humanities > History, Department of
Thesis Date:2009
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:22 Dec 2009 12:02

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