The Crisis of Kingship in Late Medieval Islam

  title={The Crisis of Kingship in Late Medieval Islam},
  author={Christopher Markiewicz},
In the sixteenth century, Muslim rulers of the largest empires of West and South Asia all embraced a new vocabulary of sovereignty that supplemented traditional Perso-Islamic titles and concepts of rule. To be sure, the traditional nomenclature remained. The Ottoman sultan, the Safavid shah, and the Mughal padishah still frequently referred to themselves by titles with long histories in Islamic lands. In all cases, these titles were mutually intelligible across these empires and to a large… 
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From Temür to Selim: Trajectories of Turko-Mongol State Formation in Islamic West-Asia’s Long Fifteenth Century

  • J. Steenbergen
  • History
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  • J. Brack
  • History
    Comparative Studies in Society and History
  • 2018
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