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Contested Conversions to Islam: Narratives of Religious Change in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire

Tijana Krstić


This book explores how Ottoman Muslims and Christians understood the phenomenon of conversion to Islam from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries, when the Ottoman Empire was at the height of its power and conversions to Islam peaked. Because the Ottomans ruled over a large non-Muslim population and extended greater opportunities to convert than to native-born Muslims, conversion to Islam was a contentious subject for all communities, especially Muslims themselves. By producing narratives about conversion, Ottoman Muslim and Christian authors sought to define the boundaries and membership ... More

Keywords: conversion, Islam, Ottoman Muslims, Ottoman Christians, Ottoman Empire, Sunni Muslims, neomartyologies, religious change, Habsburgs, Safavids

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804773171
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804773171.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tijana Krstić, author