This thesis examines the foundation of the Anglo-Ottoman encounter and extrapolates the interconnected and diverse ramifications of this unique cross-cultural relationship from 1580 to 1650. By using a diverse array of sources from travelogues, newsletters, political pamphlets, government reports, state papers, and popular plays and sermons, this thesis expands upon earlier works by demonstrating that politics, culture, religion, and diplomacy were mutually reinforcing. By 1650, England's encounter with the Ottoman Empire altered European perceptions of England, the development of English industry and overseas commerce and definitively changed English notions of self-identity and representations of Catholicism and Islam. Ultimately, both English commoners and courtiers were far more willing to accommodate the Ottomans and Islam than the tenets of Catholicism that they found so abhorrent.
|Commitee:||Igmen, Ali F., Keirn, Tim|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Middle Eastern history, European history, World History|
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