Book Meme: The History of the Ottoman Turks

February 19, 2008 § 4 Comments

Alright folks, its time for another meme. Muslims have been putting out a number of memes lately. This one is a book-meme coming from the Saha Blog.

The Rules:

  1. You have to look up page 123 in the nearest book around you.
  2. Look for the fifth sentence.
  3. Then post the three sentences that follow that fifth sentence on page 123.
  4. And then tag five people, just like you were tagged!

The Meme: History of the Ottoman Turks – From the Beginning of Their Empire To the Present Time, by Sir Edward S. Creasy M.A. (1878)

“The old Sultan [Bayezit II], who was suffering under severe illness, joined the forces which some of his faithful followers had collected for his defense; but he wept bitterly on seeing the standards of Selim’s troop, and at the prospect of encountering his own child in battle. In this mood, he was easily persuaded to negotiate by the Beyler-bey of Roumelia, who strove to avert the unnatural conflict, and acted as mediator between father and son. Selim received the European government of Semendra; and the Sultan promised not to abdicate in favour of his brother Ahmed, who was known to be the old man’s favourite child.”

Little do people know or want to accept the fact that European history is heavily influenced by the Ottomans. In fact much of the aristocracy and diplomacy of Europe during the 14th and 15th century was cultivated by the Ottoman Sultans. Sultan Bayezit II was involved in an interesting quarrel or dispute with his brother Cem which ended with Cem being seized by Christian Soldiers called the Knights of St. John. Cem was utilizing these soldiers to reinforce his own military however, they betrayed him at the command the Sultan Bayezit II. Later Pope Innocent VIII attempted to persuade other European monarchs to form a Crusade to remove the Ottomans from Europe. This plan failed but Cem died in prison as a privileged captive in Rhodes.

Tagged Men: Abu Muhammad, Abdus Salaam, True Life; Women: Umm Layth and Sketched Soul

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§ 4 Responses to Book Meme: The History of the Ottoman Turks

  • Aaminah says:

    Asalaamu alaikum.

    No one invites me to the party? 🙂

  • James says:

    “Little do people know or want to accept the fact that European history is heavily influenced by the Ottomans” Truth be told Little do people know or want to accept European history or any other type of history is relevant. Did you know that only 23% of College Educated people can place the nations of the Middle East? Among High School graduates it is only 6%. Americans are profoundly ahistorical and profoundly ignorant. It leaves us totally clueless about such recent events as the Independence of Kosovo and why the Serbs are being so angry about the loss of that province.

  • Saifuddin says:

    BismillaharRahmanirRahim

    as-salaamu ‘alaikum James. You wrote,

    “It leaves us totally clueless about such recent events as the Independence of Kosovo and why the Serbs are being so angry about the loss of that province.”

    Or why Cypriots does not support its independence.

    -Saifuddin

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