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Approaching Ottoman History. An Introduction to the Sources by Suraiya Faroqhi

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Suraiya Faroqhi’s scholarly contribution to the field of Ottoman history has been prodigious. Her latest book represents a summation of that scholarship, an introduction to the state-of-the-art in Ottoman history. In a compelling exploration of the ways that primary and secondary sources can be used to interpret history, the author reaches out to students and researchers in the field and in related disciplines to familiarise them with these documents. By considering both archival and narrative sources, she explains why they were prepared, encouraging her readers to adopt a critical approach to their findings, and disabusing them of the notion that everything recorded in official documents is necessarily true! While the book is essentially a guide to a complex discipline for those about to embark upon their research, the experienced Ottomanist will find much that is original and provocative in its sophisticated interpretation of the field. An innovative approach to history, educating students in the field of research through analysis of the techniques and an understanding of the sources.Faroqhi is one of the most important scholars in the field, and a Press author of long-standing. Book is accessibly written, styled and structured: student accessories include reading lists at the end of each chapter and a carefully chosen bibliography of appropriate sources.

“…an excellent choice for undergraduate classes in such subjects as cultural studies, historiography, and historical sociology. In any field of history, the appearance of such an innovative primer on method would be regarded as a signal pedagogical event. For Ottoman studies, suspended between philology and post-colonial theory, the production of a text of such charm, candor, and utility is nothing short of miraculous.” MESA Bulletin

Approaching Ottoman History. An Introduction to the Sources
by Suraiya Faroqhi
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (May 31, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0521666481
ISBN-13: 978-0521666480

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Written by calligrapher

April 22, 2007 at 12:08 pm

Posted in Book Reviews

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