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How Islam Shaped the Life of Christopher Columbus
(90-minute webinar)

Christopher Columbus lived the vast majority of his life in a Mediterranean world in which the Ottoman and Mamluk Empires dominated the eastern part of the sea and were in constant economic, political, and confrontational interaction with the Christian states of Europe. This talk considers the importance of Islam in shaping Columbus's life and voyages. In doing so, it thinks critically about the role of Islam in the Spanish decision to send him across the ocean and in the early history of the Spanish Caribbean. It furthermore uses this Muslim history of Columbus to suggest ways of analyzing early modern periodization and the place of Islam in the making of the modern world.

You may purchase Professor Mikhail’s new book, God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World on Amazon via this link: https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Shadow-Sultan-Ottoman-Empire/dp/163149239X

Dec 10, 2020 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Alan Mikhail
Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History @Yale University
Alan Mikhail is Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Yale University. He is the author of four books and over thirty scholarly articles that have received multiple awards in the fields of Middle Eastern and environmental history, including the Fuat Köprülü Book Prize from the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association for Under Osman’s Tree: The Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and Environmental History and the Roger Owen Book Award of the Middle East Studies Association for Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt: An Environmental History. His new book is God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World.