The first third of the book discussess ottoman society particularly the religious divisons within the empire not just christian muslim but especially sunni shiii and the political and economic divide between reaya subjects and askeri servants of the sultan. While the material detailed in subjects of the sultan admittedly has narrow appeal those with an interest in the social history of the ottoman empire are few and far between it really is an excellent resource and a top shelf social history. The subtitle pulled me in culture and daily life in the ottoman empire the book is built around the topics of the arts and architecture of the ottoman period faroqhis book reminds us that there is so much we dont know about world cultures outside of western europe and north america. While the high culture of the ottoman empire has been extensively documented very little research or writing has taken place on the everyday life of the ordinary people during the centuries of ottoman rule. Subjects of the sultan is what it claims to be a survey of the bases and characteristics of ottoman culture during the early modern period of world history as such it is a valuable resource and a very good place to start
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