Enlightening Europe on Islam and the Ottomans

Mouradgea d’Ohsson and His Masterpiece


Mouradgea d’Ohsson’s Tableau général de l’Empire othoman offered the Enlightenment Republic of Letters its most authoritative work on Islam and the Ottomans, also a practical reference work for kings and statesmen. Profusely illustrated and opening deep insights into illustrated book production in this period, this is also the richest collection of visual documentation on the Ottomans in a hundred years. Shaped by the author’s personal struggles, the work yet commands recognition in its own totality as a monument to inter-cultural understanding. In form one of the great taxonomic works of Enlightenment thought, this is a work of advocacy in the cause of reform and amity among France, Sweden, and the Ottoman Empire.

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Carter Vaughn Findley, Ph.D. (Harvard, 1969), Humanities Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University, is the author of Turkey, Islam, Nationalism, and Modernity: A History (2010), The Turks in World History (2005), and two books on Ottoman administrative reform.
Ottoman historians, comparative historians of empire, Islamic law, Enlightenment thought, history of the book, history of the illustrated book, graphic arts, Ottoman-French-Swedish international relations.