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Ottomans, Hungarians, and Habsburgs in Central Europe

The Military Confines in the Era of Ottoman Conquest


Edited by Pál Fodor and Geza David

The Central European military frontier in the fifteenth-seventeenth centuries hides a treasure of military history information. This collective volume provides a fascinating overview to scholars and students interested in the paradigms of the history of frontiers, of imperial structures, and of early modern state finances.
The first part of the book examines the birth and development of the Hungarian and Habsburg defence systems from their origins until their dissolution in the early eighteenth century. The second part focuses on the Ottoman military establishment in Hungary. Special emphasis has been put throughout on administration, finance, manpower problems, and aspects of the military revolution in the marches.
The book is unique in its complex and comparative approach; no similar effort has yet been made concerning other areas of the Ottoman Empire.

Adam Jasienski

. British Museum, London, inv. no. 1895,0617.396. (Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum)
 Oscillating among fascination, admiration, and repulsion, Motteville’s reaction is typical of how Western Euro­peans perceived Poles, Hungarians, and other East-Central Europeans in the early modern period, based

A Seventeenth-Century Odyssey in East Central Europe

The Life of Jakab Harsányi Nagy


Gábor Kármán

In A Seventeenth-Century Odyssey Gábor Kármán reconstructs the life story of a lesser-known Hungarian orientalist, Jakab Harsányi Nagy. The discussion of his activities as a school teacher in Transylvania, as a diplomat and interpreter at the Sublime Porte, as a secretary of a Moldavian voivode in exile, as well as a court councillor of Friedrich Wilhelm, the Great Elector of Brandenburg not only sheds light upon the extraordinarily versatile career of this individual, but also on the variety of circles in which he lived. Gábor Kármán also gives the first historical analysis of Harsányi’s contribution to Turkish studies, the Colloquia Familiaria Turcico-latina (1672).


Edited by Gülru Necipoglu and Karen Leal

Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World is sponsored by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Muqarnas 31 contains articles spanning the vast parameters (both geographic and disciplinary) of the field of Islamic art and architecture, from Iberia to Central Europe to the Subcontinent, from the Madinat al-Zahraʾ in Cordoba to Ottoman textiles and costumes to Mughal painting. The volume also contains essays on lusterware produced in Seville in the Taifa period; gardens in the fourteenth-century text Bāgh-i Samanzār-i Nūshāb; the Elvan Çelebi complex in Anatolia; and Seljuq-era stucco sculptures from Iran.

Authors include Susana Capilla, Stephan Heidemann, Benjamin Anderson, Hamidreza Jayhani, Heike Franke, Amanda Phillips, Adam Jasienski, and Ulrich Marzolph, with contributions to the “Notes and Sources” section by Carmen Barceló and Anja Heidenreich, and Deniz Türker.


Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World

Edited by Randi Deguilhem and Rogaia Abusharaf

Hawwa publishes articles from all disciplinary and comparative perspectives that concern women and gender issues in the Middle East and the Islamic world. These include Muslim and non-Muslim communities within the greater Middle East, and Muslim and Middle-Eastern communities elsewhere in the world. Articles dealing with men, masculinity, children and the family, or other issues of gender shall also be considered. The journal strives to include significant studies of theory and methodology as well as topical matter. Approximately one third of the submissions focus on the pre-modern era, with the majority of articles on the contemporary age. The journal features several full-length articles and current book reviews.
The majority of Hawwa's articles are in English. However, articles submitted in French will also be considered. The Hawwa is an international peer-reviewed journal.

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Douglas A. Howard

-François Lyotard, 21 and Jacques Derrida 22 and his numerous imitators, 23 had brought mistrust of all grand narratives as ideological masks. When the Iron Curtain came down across central Europe in 1989 and the Soviet Union broke apart two years later, no field of the humanities was left unmoved

Ikaros Mantouvalos

, and their initial establishment in various places on the Italian peninsula, as well as in Eastern and Central Europe, but also later in ports on the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. 9 Within the context of analyzing philanthropy, the dividing line was the creation of the Greek state (1830), an

Imperial Subjects and Beneficence

Comparing Endowment Cultures from the 17th to the Early 20th Century

Nathalie Soursos, Stefano Saracino and Maria A. Stassinopoulou

framework of philanthropy in Central Europe, but according to Tomáš Malý memorial and religious thought processes stemming from the older ars moriendi continue to structure the discourse in testaments in the South Moravian city of Brno. Stefano Saracino ventures into a trans-confessional comparison of