Enlightening Europe on Islam and the Ottomans

Mouradgea d’Ohsson and His Masterpiece Tableau général de l’Empire othoman


12:30pm in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Tickets are free, registration is essential.


This online lecture by Carter V. Findley is a part of the 2nd Mid-Atlantic Ottoman Studies Workshop hosted by the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative at NYU (OTS-NYU).

What did Europe’s enlightened rulers need to know about Islamic law and the state to get along with the greatest Muslim ruler of the age? If Mouradgea d’Ohsson could have published his entire work before the French Revolution, his Tableau général de l’Empire othoman would have been recognized then and since as providing precisely that guidance. This was the most authoritative work ever yet published on Islam and the Ottomans. Profusely illustrated with 233 engravings, the work also offered the century’s richest collection of visual imagery on the Ottomans and opened deep insights into the processes and politics of illustrated book production in this period. The demand for this work sprang from an episode unique in the annals of European states’ relations with the Ottomans: a reigning European monarch, Sweden’s Charles XII’s five-year residence with a large entourage at Bender in Ottoman Bessarabia (1709-1714). Prof. Findley will present an illustrated lecture about d’Ohsson, his monumental work and its illustrations, based on his 2019 book, which bears the same title as this presentation.

Carter Vaughn Findley is a Humanities Distinguished Professor in the History Department at Ohio State University, where he teaches the history of Islamic civilization, with emphasis on the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East.

This Zoom event will be recorded and made available on Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies’s Youtube page.


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