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“A Procession of Artisans at Istanbul”  

Evliya Çelebi

Born on the Golden Horn and raised in the Sultan’s palace in Istanbul, Çelebi traveled throughout Ottoman domains between 1640 and 1680. He published an account of his travels and ... More

Janissary Musket  

Anonymous

The Janissaries constitute the most famous and centralized of the Ottomans’ military institutions. A feared and respected military force, the Janissaries were Christian-born males who had ... More

Letters from the Levant  

Mary Wortley Montagu

Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762), who was born into the British aristocracy, sought out an acquaintance with the leading literary and scientific figures of her day, and traveled with her ... More

A Safavid Battle Tunic  

Anonymous

Up until the modern era, Muslim soldiers wore talismanic shirts designed to protect them in battle and ensure victory over their enemies. This tunic, from Safavid Persia from about 1600 CE, ... More

“The Court of Suleiman the Magnificent”  

Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq

Ghiselin (1522–1592) was a Flemish ambassador who represented the Austrian Habsburgs at the court of Suleiman the Magnificent (1520–1566) in Istanbul. In 1581, he published an account of ... More

“The Court of Suleiman the Magnificent”  

Ogier Ghiselin de Bosbecq

Ghiselin (1522–1592) was a Flemish ambassador who represented the Austrian Habsburgs at the court of Suleiman the Magnificent (1520–1566) in Istanbul. In 1581, he published an account of ... More

“The Fall of Constantinople”  

Thomas the Eparch and Joshua Diplovatatzes

The siege and conquest of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks under Mehmet II (r. 1451–1481) was one of the turning points of world history. Unfolding over two months between April 5 and ... More

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