The ethnic composition of Ottoman ship crews and the "Rumi challenge" to Portuguese identity

  title={The ethnic composition of Ottoman ship crews and the "Rumi challenge" to Portuguese identity},
  author={G. Casale},
  journal={Medieval Encounters},
  • G. Casale
  • Published 2007
  • History
  • Medieval Encounters
Although the confrontation between the Ottoman and Portuguese navies in the sixteenthcentury Indian Ocean is commonly described as a struggle between “indigenous Muslims” and “European intruders,” in reality the seafarers of both fleets were overwhelmingly Mediterranean in origin. Yet despite these shared origins, the crews of Ottoman and Portuguese ships nevertheless conceived of themselves in different ways: the Portuguese as part of a blood-based “nation,” and the Ottomans as part of a… Expand
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