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Compare and contrast the evolution of politics in the Ottoman and Safavid/Qajar Empires during the period 1400-1900 Make sure you address the following issues: 1. the role of religion in state-building and whether it is similar or different from developments in Europe; 2. how the empires deal with religious diversity in their populations; whether the sultan or the shah became more accountable to their people and what circumstances led to these developments; 3. how the rise of nationalism as a political doctrine affected these empires and the peoples who lived in them. Sources to use: ● Douglas Streusand, Islamic Gunpowder Empires. Philadelphia: Westview Press, 2011. Pages 158-168 (electronic reserve) ● “From Father Vincent: an Audience with Abbas.” The Islamic World, ed. WH. McNeill and M.R. Waldman, 381-391 (electronic reserve) ● Douglas Streusand, “The Safavid Empire.” Islamic Gunpowder Empires. Philadelphia: Westview Press, 2011. Pages 135-158 (electronic reserve) ● Powerpoints: L5 exploration.pdf ● Boettcher, Susan R. “Confessionalization: Reformation, Religion, Absolutism, and Modernity.” History Compass 2, no. 1 (2004) ● Powerpoints: L8. confessionalization.pdf ● Powerpoints: L9. confessionalization_Safavid.pdf ● Ali Yaycioglu, “Provincial Power-holders and the empire in the late Ottoman world,” in Christine Woodhead ed. The Ottoman World. London: Routledge, 2013. 436-452 (electronic reserve) ● Sened-i Ittifak [Article 1-conclusion] in Yaycioglu, Ali. 2016. Partners of the Empire: The Crisis of the Ottoman Order in the Age of Revolutions. Stanford University Press. P. 207-217 (electronic reserve) ● Resat Kesaba, “Treaties and Friendships: British Imperialism, the Ottoman Empire, and China in the Nineteenth Century.” Journal of World History 4, no. 2 (1993): 215-41. (electronic reserve) ● “Stephanos Vogorides’ Apologia” in Philliou, Christine. 2011. Biography of an Empire. [Electronic Resource]: Governing Ottomans in an Age of Revolution. ACLS Fellows’ Publications. University of California Press. p. 1-4 (electronic reserve)<— THINK ABOUT: We are often told that religious minorities of the Ottoman Empire, particularly the Christians, had come to identify with their Western co-religionists by the nineteenth century. They sought British, French or Russian citizenship and served foreign commercial and political interests in the Middle East. Consider what Stephanos Vogorides has to say about himself and his actions. How does his ‘apologia’ challenge such characterizations? ● Powerpoints: L18. Revolution.pdf

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