Cover image for God's shadow : Sultan Selim, his Ottoman empire, and the making of the modern world
God's shadow : Sultan Selim, his Ottoman empire, and the making of the modern world
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2020]

Physical Description:
viii, 479 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Part one. Prince (1470-87) -- Part two. Governor (1487-1500) -- Part three. The Ottoman (1492) -- Part four. Enemies near and far (1500-1512) -- Part five. Selim's world wars (1512-18) -- Part six. Final frontiers (1518-20) -- Part seven. Descendants (after 1520).
"An explosive global history that redefines the historical origins of the modern world through the life of Sultan Selim I and his Ottoman Empire. Long neglected in accounts of world history, the Ottoman Empire was a hub of flourishing intellectual fervor, geopolitical power, and enlightened pluralistic rule. At the helm of its ascent was the omnipotent Sultan Selim I (1470-1520), who, with the aid of his extraordinarily gifted mother, Gülbahar, hugely expanded the empire, propelling it onto the world stage. Aware of centuries of European suppression of Islamic history, Alan Mikhail centers Selim's Ottoman Empire and Islam as the very pivots of global history, redefining such world-changing events as Christopher Columbus's voyages-which originated, in fact, as a Catholic jihad that viewed Native Americans as somehow "Moorish"-the Protestant Reformation, the transatlantic slave trade, and the dramatic Ottoman seizure of the Middle East and North Africa. Drawing on previously unexamined sources and written in gripping detail, Mikhail's groundbreaking account vividly recaptures Selim's life and world. An historical masterwork, God's Shadow radically reshapes our understanding of a world we thought we knew"-- Provided by publisher.