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The Battle of Vienna: Myth and Reality

The Battle of Vienna: Myth and Reality

If we examine the battle closely, we can understand it rather differently: as a battle based on inter-ethnic cooperation. After all, John III Sobieski (1629-96), the king of the multilingual and multi-religious Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, might not have won the battle were it not for the help of his country’s Sunni Muslim Tatars, known as the Lipka Tatars. ‘Tatar’ was the[Read More…]

July 31, 2018 0 comments Society
Sinan Reis – The Great Jewish Convert

Sinan Reis – The Great Jewish Convert

Sinan Reis known as ”The Great Jew” Sephardi convert to Islam and one of the sea captains of the Hayreddin Barbarossa, a famous Ottoman corsair admiral. Sinan’s family was expelled from their home following the decision undertaken by the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille to expell the Jews from the Imperial Spanish territories. After that his[Read More…]

July 28, 2018 1 comment History & Culture
France and Ottomans: a Union of the Lily and the Crescent

France and Ottomans: a Union of the Lily and the Crescent

Ironically, one of the most Islamophobic countries in present time, France, has a long history of agreements, alliances and collaborations with Islamic powers. The most famous and well known example of this is the Franco-Ottoman alliance which lasted more than 250 years. After the defeat of the French king Francis I by the Habsburg armies of Charles V at the field[Read More…]

July 28, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
An Albanian ruler of Egypt

An Albanian ruler of Egypt

Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769-1849). Albanian Ottoman governor of Egypt and later the Khedive of Egypt and Sudan. Born into Albanian family in present day Kavala, northern Greece. Muhammad Ali was a brilliant military strategist, politician and reformer who attempted to make Egypt his own personal kingdom, later on, even winning wars against the Ottoman Empire. Some of his most[Read More…]

July 1, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Calligraphic inscriptions in the Ottoman Bosnia

Calligraphic inscriptions in the Ottoman Bosnia

At the end of 15th century and at the beginning of 16th century, we already meet first domestic calligraphers and copyists, even at that early period, Tasmanian craft is developing and first domestic masons of tarih and epitaphs appear. The first important inscriptions by domestic masters are observed on the domed mosques at the beginning of 16th century. That is[Read More…]

March 25, 2018 0 comments History & Culture