Another Mirror for Princes by Suraiya Faroqhi

By Suraiya Faroqhi

This booklet is a suite of essays on Ottoman heritage, targeting how sultans of the Ottoman Empire have been considered via the general public.

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Whether such a speech was ever pronounced or not is a minor issue in the present context. Recorded in two primary sources, one of them authored by a person who was probably an eyewitness to at least some of the confused events of 1730, it was not a more or less timeless piece of advice of the kind so often found in Ottoman political writing. 4 The first piece of advice given to Sultan Mahmud according to Abdi concerned the necessity that the ruler retain firm control of his grand vizier. For this reason he was to avoid keeping one and the same person in office for ten or fifteen years.

And tr. J. Brill, 1988), pp. 3-12. Evliya had not encountered SUieyman in person, even though he claimed that his father had attended the last campaign of this ruler (died in Szigetvar in 1566) and was respectfully listened to by Murad IV: Evliya <;::elebi b Dervi� Mehemmed Z11li, Evliya f;elebi Seyahatndmesi, Topkap1 Saray1 Bagdat 304 Yazmasmm Transkripsyonu -Dizini, vol. I . ed. by Orban �aik Gokyay and YUcel Dagh (Istanbul: Yap1 Kredi Yaymlan, 1995), p. 98. See also Abdi, 1730 Patrona Halil ihtiltili halckmda bir Eser.

I Giacomo Soranzo had represented the Signoria at the circumcision of Mehmed III in 1582; but due to prolonged i llness en route it was only in 1584 that he returned to Venice and presented his report. 2 Nurbanu Sultan had chosen a site cautious, prudent, inclined to copy his predecessors whenever he found something appropriate, but at the same time, a well-informed and conscientious observer of everyday life. 1 Our French visitor agreed with his Ottoman contemporaries that the Sultan Ahmed mosque was one of the most handsome i n the city, and then described the sequence of outer courtyard, portico and rectangular inner courtyard with its domes supported by marble columns.

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