By Gabriel Piterberg
Within the house of six years early within the 17th century, the Ottoman Empire underwent such turmoil and trauma--the assassination of the younger ruler Osman II, the re-enthronement and next abdication of his mad uncle Mustafa I, for a start--that a student suggested the period's three-day-long dramatic climax "an Ottoman Tragedy." lower than Gabriel Piterberg's deft research, this era of quandary turns into a historic laboratory for the heritage of the Ottoman Empire within the 17th century--an chance to watch the dialectical play among background as an prevalence and event and background as a recounting of that have. Piterberg reconstructs the Ottoman narration of this fraught interval from the foundational textual content, produced within the early 1620s, to the composition of the kingdom narrative on the finish of the 17th century. His paintings brings theories of historiography into discussion with the particular interpretation of Ottoman ancient texts, and forces a rethinking of either Ottoman historiography and the Ottoman kingdom within the 17th century. A provocative reinterpretation of a huge occasion in Ottoman background, this paintings reconceives the relation among historiography and background.
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They transferred Mustafa I to the Old Palace, but as a rumor spread that Sultan Osman might prepare an attack, they collected the valide sultan and her retinue from the Old Palace and decided to guard the whole group in the janissaries’ mosque, Orta Cami. In the evening of the second day (19 May), Sultan Osman sought advice from his newly reappointed grand vezir, Ohrili Hüseyin Pasha. It was decided that the sultan would take refuge at the ofﬁcial residence of the janissary chief (Ag˘a Kapısı), and through the janissary chief Ali Ag˘a would attempt to regain the support of the kul by bribing them.
The accession, deposition, and assassination of osman ii (february 1618 – may 1622) The four-year reign of Genç (Young) Sultan Osman seems congruent with the rest of the period in which it is located, in that it too combines a particular personality with certain historical processes. Sultan Osman attracted the disapproval of the Ottoman historians, with the exception of Peçevi. ” And there is more. 15 Sultan Osman was a nonconformist to an extent that, judging by his fate and the way he was treated and seen by contemporaries and by later generations, his society and polity could not tolerate.
Eventually the kul located Sultan Mustafa’s kafes, pierced their way through and pulled him out. ” 37 Sultan Osman, who was within the palace, began to feel the heat and surrendered the grand vezir and the chief black eunuch to the kul; they immediately tore both men limb from limb. The ulema tried, in vain, to talk the kul out of re-enthroning Sultan Mustafa, guaranteeing on Sultan Osman’s behalf that any further demand would be accepted. But the kul were determined: with drawn daggers they forced the ulema to render the biat to Sultan Mustafa, declared him the new padishah, and by implication deposed Sultan Osman.