MME Lec1 - The Ottoman Legacy: The View from the Center...

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The Ottoman Legacy: The View from the Center Lecture 1 The Ottoman Heritage Particularly relevant to the current polemical debates about the “Clash of Civilizations” “East and West” are reductionism categories that confuse, rather than illuminate, the realities of the Middle East East vs. West could be an incoherent distinction Especially since the geographic east could contain seemingly European features (Byzantine, Christianity, Hellenic Civilization, law and citizenship, etc.) Similarly the category west refers to items associated with Islam and the East e.g. – Andalusian symbiotic culture that is both Western and Islamic – evokes pluralism, co-existence and liberalism among various cultures A Mediterranean Culture Circumvent this binary dilemma by thinking of Ottoman culture as a Mediterranean culture that encompasses both “East” and “West” Mediterraneanism is an implicit cultural domain (people don’t normally subscribe
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