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This article presents documents relating to the embassy sent by Sultan ʿAbd al-Raḥmān of Darfur to the Ottoman Sultan Selim III in 1791. These include an original Arabic letter which is an unusually early surviving example of sultanic correspondence from the Sahel. The documents permit a new interpretation of the purposes of the embassy, as well as an examination of chancery practice in Darfur, and offer an insight into Darfuri views of the outside world. To aid the analysis, the article compares this letter with a second surviving letter from ʿAbd al-Raḥmān addressed to Napoleon Bonaparte around 1800, of which the Arabic text has not previously been published.

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In: Islamic Africa

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This article discusses the works of Qadi Niẓam al-Dīn al-Iṣfahānī (d. c. 1279–83), a prominent litterateur operating at the court of the Juwayni dynasty of administrators who served the Ilkhans. Writing in Arabic, Niẓam al-Dīn composed both poems and letters for his patrons, shedding new light on the intellectual life of the Ilkhanate as well as on otherwise poorly attested historical events such as the fall of Isfahan to the Mongols. Based on unpublished manuscripts, this study examines this neglected figure and his place in Ilkhanid intellectual and political life.

In: New Approaches to Ilkhanid History
In: Turko-Mongol Rulers, Cities and City Life
In: Turko-Mongol Rulers, Cities and City Life
Ottoman-Southeast Asian Relations: Sources from the Ottoman Archives, is a product of meticulous study of İsmail Hakkı Kadı, A.C.S. Peacock and other contributors on historical documents from the Ottoman archives. The work contains documents in Ottoman-Turkish, Malay, Arabic, French, English, Tausug, Burmese and Thai languages, each introduced by an expert in the language and history of the related country. The work contains documents hitherto unknown to historians as well as others that have been unearthed before but remained confined to the use of limited scholars who had access to the Ottoman archives. The resources published in this study show that the Ottoman Empire was an active actor within the context of Southeast Asian experience with Western colonialism. The fact that the extensive literature on this experience made limited use of Ottoman source materials indicates the crucial importance of this publication for future innovative research in the field.

Contributors are: Giancarlo Casale, Annabel Teh Gallop, Rıfat Günalan, Patricia Herbert, Jana Igunma, Midori Kawashima, Abraham Sakili and Michael Talbot
In: Turkish History and Culture in India
In: Turkish History and Culture in India