This book discusses diseases that affected human and non-human populations in areas stretching from the Red Sea and Egypt to Anatolia, the Balkans, and the Black Sea, in the early modern and modern eras. It tackles various questions of historiography and sources, tests new interdisciplinary methodologies, and asks new questions while revisiting older ones. It contributes to Ottoman studies, the history of medicine, Mediterranean and European history, as well as global studies on the role of epidemics in history.
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- PART ONE: RETHINKING HISTORIOGRAPHY AND SOURCES
- Miri Shefer-Mossensohn — A Historiography of Epidemics in the Islamic Mediterranean
- John J. Curry — Scholars, Sufis, and Disease: Can Muslim Religious Works Offer Us Novel Insights on Plagues and Epidemics among the Medieval and Early Modern Ottomans?
- Nükhet Varlık — “Oriental Plague” or Epidemiological Orientalism?
Revisiting the Plague Episteme of the Early Modern Mediterranean
- PART TWO: DISEASES IN CONTEXT
- Sam White — A Model Disaster: From the Great Ottoman Panzootic
to the Cattle Plagues of Early Modern Europe
- Alan Mikhail — Veterinary Medicine in Nineteenth-Century Egypt
- Günhan Börekçi — Smallpox in the Harem: Communicable Diseases and the Ottoman Fear of Dynastic Extinction during the Early Sultanate of Ahmed I (r. 1603–17)
- Özgen Felek — Epilepsy as a “Contagious” Disease in the Late Medieval
and Early Modern Ottoman World
- PART THREE: RESPONSES TO EPIDEMIC DISEASES
- Yaron Ayalon — Religion and Ottoman Society’s Responses to Epidemics
in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
- Edna Bonhomme — Plague in Eighteenth-Century Cairo: In Search of Burial and Memorial Sites
- Andrew Robarts — Nowhere to Run To, Nowhere to Hide? Society, State, and Epidemic Diseases in the Early Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Balkans
- Gulden Sariyildiz and Oya Daglar Macar-Cholera, Pilgrimage, and International Politics of Sanitation: The Quarantine Station on the Island of Kamaran