Lessons from the Ottoman Harem on Culture, Religion, and Wars

  title={Lessons from the Ottoman Harem on Culture, Religion, and Wars},
  author={Murat F. Iyigun},
  journal={Economic Development and Cultural Change},
  pages={693 - 730}
  • Murat F. Iyigun
  • Published 2013
  • Sociology
  • Economic Development and Cultural Change
  • The Ottoman Empire had a profound impact in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa at the apogee of its power, covering the era between 1453 and 1699. In this article, I exploit the empire’s unique culture and institutions to examine the roles of ethnicity and religion in conflict and war. Using comprehensive data on Ottoman wars and conflicts covering the reigns of 31 Ottoman sultans between 1400 and 1909, I document that the ethnic background of the Valide Sultan (queen mother) was an… CONTINUE READING
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