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The scramble for Iran: Ottoman military and diplomatic engagements during The Afghan occupation of Iran, 1722-1729

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dc.contributor Graduate Program in History.
dc.contributor.advisor Terzioğlu, Derin. Akbulut, Mehmet Yılmaz. 2023-03-16T12:40:23Z 2023-03-16T12:40:23Z 2015.
dc.identifier.other HIST 2015 A53
dc.description.abstract This thesis is a study of the Ottoman military and diplomatic involvements in Iran during the critical years that followed the collapse of the Safavid dynasty. It aims to contribute to the ongoing reappraisal of Ottoman military and diplomatic performance in the post-Karlowitz (1699) era. Contrary to the image of an Empire that followed largely passive and defensive policies, this study will reveal that the Ottoman Empire was remarkably proactive in this period. It will be argued that the Ottomans under the leadership of Damat İbrahim Pasha (d. 1730) designed their Iranian policies during the 1720s with a distinct awareness of European international politics as well as of local Iranian politics and with the aim not just to protect but also to improve the position of the Empire in a changing global order. Diplomacy constituted an important dimension of the Ottomans’ engagements in Iran, culminating in the 1724 Partition Treaty with Russia, which arranged for the division of the Safavid territory between the Ottoman and Russian empires. War-making constituted the other facet of Ottoman engagements in Iran, and was motivated by complex military, strategic, administrative and economic calculations. Last but not least, their engagement in Iran brought the Ottomans in contact, and for a time, in conflict with another power, the Afghan invaders of Isfahan. In the religio-legal disputes with the Afghan ulama, the Ottoman side evoked a universalist understanding of the caliphate in anticipation of trends that historians have conventionally dated to the late nineteenth century.
dc.format.extent 30 cm.
dc.publisher Thesis (M.A.) - Bogazici University. Institute for Graduate Studies in the Social Sciences, 2015.
dc.title The scramble for Iran: Ottoman military and diplomatic engagements during The Afghan occupation of Iran, 1722-1729
dc.format.pages xiii, 207 leaves ;

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