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Pages Through the Ages: “God’s Shadow” by Alan Mikhail

February 2, 2022 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

Pages Through the Ages is a book discussion group hosted jointly by the Westport Museum for History and Culture and the Library. Discuss God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World by Alan Mikhail with Bruce McGuirk and other history buffs. Meetings will alternate between the buildings, so please check the venue prior to attending!

Registration suggested. If you wish to join via Zoom, please register here. 

Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

The Ottoman Empire’s history has for centuries been distorted, misrepresented, and even suppressed in the West. Now Alan Mikhail presents a vitally needed recasting of Ottoman history, retelling the story of the Ottoman conquest of the world through the dramatic biography of Sultan Selim I (1470–1520). Drawing on previously unexamined sources from multiple languages, and with original maps and stunning illustrations, Mikhail’s game-changing account “challenges readers to recalibrate their sense of history” (Leslie Peirce)

A leading historian of his generation, Alan Mikhail, professor of history and chair of the Department of History at Yale University, has reforged our understanding of the past through his prize-winning books on the history of the Middle East.

Read a review. 

Community Partner: Westport Library

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