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Smallpox in the Harem: Communicable Diseases and the Ottoman Fear of Dynastic Extinction During the Early Sultanate of Ahmed I (R. 1603–17)

Günhan Börekçi

Günhan Börekçi is Assistant Professor of History at İstanbul Şehir University. After completing his BA and MA studies at Boğaziçi University (1991­1999), Börekçi received his PhD degree in history from the Ohio State University in 2010. His main areas of research and teaching include early modern Ottoman political, dynastic, and social history, the seventeenthcentury crisis, military history, and traditional archery. In addition to numerous articles and encyclopedia entries on Ottoman history, he has published with Ahmet Arslantürk a facsimile edition of Feridun Ahmed Bey’s illustrated chronicle, Nüzhet-i Esrârü’l-Ahyâr der Ahbâr-ı Sefer-i Sigetvar (Topkapı Palace Museum Library, ms. Hazine 1339), on Suleyman the Magnificent’s last Hungarian campaign in 1566 (2012) and more recently, his study on the Ottoman imperial campaign against the Habsburgs in 1596 came out under the title Macaristan’da Bir Osmanlı Padişahı: Sultan III. Mehmed’in Eğri Seferi Rûznâmesi – 1596 (An Ottoman Sultan in Hungary: Sultan Mehmed III’s Eger Campaign Diary – 1596) (2016).I am most grateful to our editor Nükhet Varlık for her much valuable comments on earlier drafts, and to Maurizio Alfioldi for providing the transcriptions of the Venetian ambassadorial dispatches utilized in this study. The following discussion is partly based on my PhD dissertation: Günhan Börekçi, “Factions and Favorites at the Courts of Ahmed I (r. 1603­1617) and His Immediate Predecessors,” PhD diss., Ohio State University, 2010. The initial research for this article was carried out under the generous fellowships by the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) of the Koç University back in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Plague and Contagion in the Islamic Mediterranean : New Histories of Disease in Ottoman Society

Arc Humanities Press, 2017

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...I am most grateful to our editor Nükhet Varlık for her much valuable comments on earlier drafts, and to Maurizio Alfioldi for providing the transcriptions of the Venetian ambassadorial dispatches utilized in this study. The following...

The meta-philosophy of scholasticism

Stephen Boulter

Stephen Boulter is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Ethics, Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is author of The Rediscovery of Common Sense Philosophy (2007) and Metaphysics from a Biological Point of View (2013). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Why Medieval Philosophy Matters

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...So who were the scholastics, and what were they up to? This chapter and the next answer these questions by focusing on their collective project and the methods used to prosecute it. A focus on project and method is enlightening because...

Renaissance Figures of Monsters

Asa Simon Mittman

Asa Simon Mittman is Professor and Chair of Art & Art History at California State University, Chico. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Marcus Hensel

Marcus Hensel is Assistant Professor of English at Bethany College, Kansas. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Primary Sources on Monsters : Demonstrare Volume 2

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

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...The images that accompany Ambroise Paré’s On Monsters present a range of monster types, for which the text gives a variety of explanations. Paré claims that the foal with the human face foretold a war between Florence and Pisa...

Books on a Stick

Erik Kwakkel

Erik Kwakkel is book historian and professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Books Before Print

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

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...Hornbook with printed text, seventeenth century. Boston, Public Library, Call No. G.Cab.3.52. Public domain. Source: www.digitalcommonwealth.org.This chapter moves even further away from the normal medieval book. The main focus...

Scholasticism on the various kinds of distinction

Stephen Boulter

Stephen Boulter is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Ethics, Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is author of The Rediscovery of Common Sense Philosophy (2007) and Metaphysics from a Biological Point of View (2013). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Why Medieval Philosophy Matters

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...In the last chapter I set out the scholastic project of synthesizing Faith and Reason, religion and philosophy, Augustine and Aristotle. I presented this project as adopting Aristotle’s aporetic method insofar as it deals...

Between Word And Image : Representations Of Shi‘Ite Rituals In The Safavid Empire From Early Modern European Travel Accounts

Remapping Travel Narratives (1000-1700) : To the East and Back Again

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

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...This essay will present close readings from several early modern European travel accounts that describe Shi’ite religious practices in the Safavid Empire and that integrate images into the written narrative. The depictions, in order...

Conclusion

Virginia Cox

Virginia Cox is Professor of Italian at New York University. She is the author of The Prodigious Muse: Women's Writing in Counter-Reformation Italy, Women's Writing in Italy, 1400-1650 and The Renaissance Dialogue: Literary Dialogue in its Social and Political Contexts, Castiglione to Galileo. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Short History of the Italian Renaissance

I.B.Tauris, 2016

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...When did the Italian Renaissance end? Questions of this kind are always difficult, not to say impossible, to answer. Cultural history generally proceeds on a gradual, evolutionary basis, without dramatic points of transition. Elements...

Experiential Knowledge and the Limits of Merchant Credit

Remapping Travel Narratives (1000-1700) : To the East and Back Again

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

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...Although significant knowledge of the Islamic world came to Christendom through the transmission and translation of written works, the first-hand experiences of European travellers served as another major source of information about...

James Nayler’s Royal Progress

Max Harris

Max Harris is the author of five previous books, including Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools (2011) which won the Otto Grundler prize. He has served as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Humanities Council and has taught at Yale University and the University of Virginia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Christ on a Donkey — Palm Sunday, Triumphal Entries, and Blasphemous Pageants

Arc Humanities Press, 2019

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...On Friday, October 24, 1656, James Nayler approached Bristol on horseback, accompanied by a small group of men and women reportedly singing “hosanna” and “holy, holy, holy.” Nayler was regarded by many, supporters and critics alike...

New Science and Old Sources: Why the Ottoman Experience of Plague Matters

Nükhet Varlik

Nükhet Varlık is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University–Newark. She is a historian of the Ottoman Empire interested in disease, medicine, and public health. Her first book, Plague and Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean World: The Ottoman Experience, 1347–1600 (Cambridge University Press, 2015), is the first systematic scholarly study of the Ottoman experience of plague during the Black Death pandemic and the centuries that followed. It received the Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Book Award and the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association’s M. Fuat Köprülü Book Prize. Dr. Varlık has authored several articles and book chapters addressing different aspects of plague epidemics in Ottoman society. She is currently working on a new book, titled The Ottoman Healing Arts: Healers, Patients, and the State in the Early Modern Era, which explores the transformations of Ottoman healing traditions in the early modern era. In conjunction with this research, she is also translating and editing a number of sources pertaining to the history of Ottoman medicine. She holds a PhD from the University of Chicago. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Medieval Globe : Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World: Rethinking the Black Death

Arc Medieval Press, 2014

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...Reconstructing the Ottoman plague experience is vital to understanding the larger Afro-Eurasian disease zone during the Second Pandemic. This essay deals with two different aspects of this experience. On the one hand, it discusses...