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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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Islamic Rulers and the Process of Conversion

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Honored by the Glory of Islam

Marc David Baer (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Islamic rulers and the process of conversion. It argues that the conversion of self, conversion of others of the same religion, conversion of others of different religions and their sacred spaces within society, and the waging of ghaza in part to convert others and their religious geography abroad were all linked during Mehmed IV's epoch. Most notable about the ideology of Mehmed IV's court was its marked religious piety: the sultan and his inner circle openly proclaimed their own piety in their writings and through their personal behavior and the policies they implemented. After experiencing their own conversion, Mehmed IV, Hatice Turhan, Fazil Ahmed Pasha, and Vani Mehmed Efendi considered themselves devoted Muslims returning society to the right path, from which it had deviated. Mehmed IV's time in power also invites comparisons with those of modern rulers, particularly the reign of the last important Ottoman sultan, Abdülhamid II.

Keywords:   Mehmed IV, conversion, Ottoman Empire, sultan, Islamization, Christians, Jews, piety, Abdülhamid II

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