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Honored by the Glory of IslamConversion and Conquest in Ottoman Empire$
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Marc David Baer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331752

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331752.001.0001

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Mehmed IV’s Life and Legacy, from Ghazi to Hunter

Mehmed IV’s Life and Legacy, from Ghazi to Hunter

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Honored by the Glory of Islam

Marc David Baer (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Mehmed IV's life and legacy. His hunting habit overshadowed his numerous conversions. Dire straits for commoners, lawlessness in the capital, and military failure turned commoners, the military, and factions in the administration against Mehmed IV. The sultan's constant hunting earned the wrath of the religious class and united commoner and elite alike in opposition. All anyone could see was that Mehmed IV was in the environs of Istanbul, pitching his tent where he pleased and hunting; no one seemed to have appreciated his proselytizing behavior. Within a decade of Mehmed IV's death, writers reinterpreted his reign. By the turn of the 18th century, everything positive that Mehmed IV had achieved for his dynasty, empire, and religion, namely, a restored name, greatest territorial extent, and hundreds of conversions of people and places, seemed to have been forgotten.

Keywords:   Mehmed IV, sultan, hunting, Ottoman Empire, religious conversion

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