The Making of Selim

The Making of Selim

Succession, Legitimacy, and Memory in the Early Modern Ottoman World
H. Erdem Cipa
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Format: Paperback 2 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-02428-2
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The father of the legendary Ottoman sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, Selim I ("The Grim") set the stage for centuries of Ottoman supremacy by doubling the size of the empire. Conquering Eastern Anatolia, Syria, and Egypt, Selim promoted a politicized Sunni Ottoman* identity against the Shiite Safavids of Iran, thus shaping the early modern Middle East. Analyzing a wide array of sources in Ottoman-Turkish, Persian, and Arabic, H. Erdem Cipa offers a fascinating revisionist reading of Selim's rise to power and the subsequent reworking and mythologizing of his persona in 16th- and 17th-century Ottoman historiography. In death, Selim continued to serve the empire, becoming represented in ways that reinforced an idealized image of Muslim sovereignty in the early modern Eurasian world.

Author Bio

H. Erdem Cipa is Assistant Professor of Ottoman History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is author of Yavuz’un Kavgas: I. Selim’in Saltanat Mücadelesi and editor (with Emine Fetvac) of Writing History at the Ottoman Court: Editing the Past, Fashioning the Future.


“H. Erdem Cipa's monograph provides a timely investigation of the reign of Sultan Selim I and its subsequent commemoration in Ottoman historiography, not least because this particular ruler remains an important figure in the still ongoing re-evaluation of Ottoman history in Turkey.”
 — English Historical Review

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Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration
Part One: The Making of a Sultan
1. Politics of Succession: Selim’s Path to the Throne
2. Politics of Factions

Part Two: The Creation of Selim’s Composite Image
Part Two Introduction: A Historiographical Survey
3. Selim, The Legitimate Ruler
4. Selim, The Idealized Ruler
5. Selim, The Divinely Ordained Ruler

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