what would be a good response to this?
I liked your analysis of the significant achievements in the cultural and intellectual history of the Ottoman Empire.
My favorite type of history is cultural history, and so naturally I think that there is a lot of interesting work on the topic of this question. Consider this book by Walter G. Andrews and Mehmet Kalpakli called The Age of Beloveds: Love and the Beloved in Early-Modern Ottoman and European Culture and Society.
an " introduction to early modern Ottoman culture through a study of its beautiful lyric love poetry." They argued that "the flourishing of Ottoman power and culture during the "Turkish Renaissance" manifested itself, to some degree, as an "age of beloveds," in which young men became the focal points for the desire and attention of powerful officeholders and artists as well as the inspiration for a rich literature of love."
They also said that the "age of beloveds" was not just an Ottoman, eastern European, or Islamic phenomenon. It extended into western Europe as well, pervading the cultures of Venice, Florence, Rome, and London during the same period
What are your thoughts on this argument? What can we learn about this culture and cross cultural comparisons?
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