Jerry Brotton

Escapades of an Agitator

Jem Sultan: The Adventures of a Captive Turkish Prince in Renaissance Europe

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EVER SINCE GEORGE Bush’s unfortunate use of the word ‘crusade’ in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, there has been a renewed interest in refuting the argument that we are experiencing a ‘clash of civilisations’ by reconsidering the broader history of cultural and political relations and exchanges between the Christian West and the Muslim East. Particular attention has fallen on the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

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