An Empire at Stake, or: how to Re-establish Order when the World is in Disarray. Divergent Narratives of the 1687–1689 Crisis

Konrad, Felix (2019). An Empire at Stake, or: how to Re-establish Order when the World is in Disarray. Divergent Narratives of the 1687–1689 Crisis. Turcica, 50, pp. 383-415. Peeters 10.2143/TURC.50.0.3286581

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Following its defeat at the second siege of Vienna, the Ottoman Empire entered a period of internal crisis. Sultan Mehmed IV was deposed in a mutiny; rebellious troops wreaked havoc in Istanbul, leading to an uprising of the townspeople, while marauding mercenaries caused unrest in the provinces. Ottoman chroniclers of these years agree that there was unprecedented disarray; but they differ in their representations of events and those involved in them. This article compares four chronicles and explains the divergences and similarities between them by using as a framework advice literature (nasihatname) in which Ottoman perceptions of order and disorder were shaped. It shows that the chroniclers’ representations of low-status insurgents are largely uniform. On the other hand, even when they used the same standards to evaluate their behavior, they produced divergent representations of the viziers who played a role in the crisis.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Konrad, Felix

Subjects:

200 Religion > 290 Other religions
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 890 Other literatures
900 History > 940 History of Europe
900 History > 950 History of Asia

ISSN:

0082-6847

Publisher:

Peeters

Funders:

[42] Schweizerischer Nationalfonds

Language:

English

Submitter:

Felix Konrad

Date Deposited:

18 Dec 2019 16:27

Last Modified:

18 Feb 2020 10:20

Publisher DOI:

10.2143/TURC.50.0.3286581

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/136315

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