God's Shadow: The Ottoman Sultan Who Shaped the Modern World (UK Edition)
The Ottoman Empire was a hub of flourishing intellectual fervor,geopolitical power, and enlightened pluralistic rule. At the helmof its ascent was the omnipotent Sultan Selim I (1470-1520), who,with the aid of his extraordinarily gifted mother, Gülbahar, hugelyexpanded the empire, propelling it onto the world stage. Aware ofcenturies of European suppression of Islamic history,Alan Mikhail centers Selim's Ottoman Empire and Islam as thevery pivots of global history, redefining such world-changingevents as Christopher Columbus's voyages - which originated, infact, as a Catholic jihad that would come to view Native Americansas somehow "Moorish" - the Protestant Reformation, thetransatlantic slave trade, and the dramatic Ottoman seizure of theMiddle East and North Africa. Drawing on previously unexaminedsources and written in gripping detail,Mikhail's groundbreaking account vividly recaptures Selim's lifeand world. An historical masterwork, God's Shadowradically reshapes our understanding of a world we thought weknew.A leading historian of his generation, AlanMikhail, Professor of History and Chair of the Departmentof History at Yale University, has reforged our understandings ofthe past through his previous three prize-winning books on thehistory of Middle East.