Map Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean

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This lesson continues the study of Khayr al-Din’s life and work as a reformer begun in lessons 5.5. Khayr al-Din: Groomed for Reform and 5.2. The Case for Reform (which includes excerpts of Khayr al-Din’s greatest work The Surest Path). In…

Topic Overview  Khayr al-Din was born (c.1822) in the Caucasus, then part of the Ottoman Empire. When his father died fighting for the Ottomans, Khayr al-Din was sold into slavery, first to a prominent family in Istanbul.  His rise was remarkable;…

Topic Overview In a work excerpted in this lesson, Halide Edib Adivar (1884-1964) poses the question: “Could it be possible to effect an all-round Westernization [of Ottoman Turkey] without altering the very nature of Islamic society?”  To…

Module 5: Reform and Social Change in the Mediterranean, 1798-1914 During the Long Nineteenth Century, new technologies brought Mediterranean peoples closer together across time and space, while the entire region became more accessible to world…
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