The Scramble for Iran: Ottoman Military and Diplomatic Engagements During the Afghan Occupation of Iran, 1722-1729

This book is a study of the Ottoman military and diplomatic involvements in Iran during the critical years that followed the collapse of the Safavid dynasty. Contrary to the image of an Empire that followed largely passive and defensive policies in the early eighteenth century, this study will reveal that the Ottoman Empire was remarkably proactive in this period. The Ottomans under the political 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. Finally, 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.


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Kitabın Adı:

The Scramble for Iran: Ottoman Military and Diplomatic Engagements During the Afghan Occupation of Iran, 1722-1729

Yazan:

Mehmet Yılmaz Akbulut

Dizi Adı:

History: 189

Baskı Adedi:

100

Yayın Yılı:

2017

Sayfa:

220

Ebat:

13.5 x 21 cm.

Kağıt:

Enzo 70 gr.

Kapak:

Bora Gürsoy

Cilt/Kapak:

250 gr. Mat, Amerikan Bristol, 4 renk

ISBN/Barkod:

 978-605-2380-14-7

Fiyat:

165,00 TL

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ABBREVIATIONS ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

NOTES ON DATES AND TRANSLITERATION

CHAPTER 1

INTRODUCTION

Approach of this Study

Sources

Clarification about some terms

Structure of the book

CHAPTER 2

THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE AND THE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY BALANCE OF POLITICS (1718-1724)

Introduction

The Broader Context: Diplomacy in Early Eighteenth-Century Europe

Ottoman-Russian Relations and the Case For Peace

Republican Ideology and Cultural Policies

Conclusion

CHAPTER 3

AYAS PASHA CONFERENCES AND THE PARTITION TREATY (1724)

Introduction

Conferences

Partition

Conclusion

CHAPTER 4

OTTOMAN EXPANSION IN THE CAUCASUS AND WESTERN IRAN (1724-1726)

Introduction

Expansion

Tbilisi

Yerevan

Tabriz

Hamadan

Motivations and methods

Motives and causes

Administering Iran

Conclusion

CHAPTER 5

OTTOMAN-AFGHAN RELATIONS (1726-1729)

Introduction

Ottoman-Afghan Diplomacy

The Afghan Envoy

Correspondence of Ulama

The Letter of Afghan Ulama

Letter of Selim Efendi

Ottoman Caliphate

War with Ashraf Khan

Preparations for War

War

Peace with Ashraf Shah

Conclusion

CHAPTER 6

CONCLUSION

Epilogue: The Collapse of Ottoman Foreign Policy

Conclusion

APPENDIX

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX