Today in Middle Eastern history: the Ottoman coup of 1807

First of all, Happy Fall of Constantinople Day. The May 29, 1807 coup that overthrew Ottoman Sultan Selim III (d. 1808) and replaced him with his cousin, Mustafa IV (also d. 1808, so you can see where this is going to wind up), isn’t as important an event in Ottoman history. But it does highlight… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Ottoman coup of 1807

Today in Islamic history: the Ottoman coup of 1807 (oh, and Constantinople fell in 1453)

First of all, Happy Fall of Constantinople Day; it’s been 562 years since the city fell to the Ottomans and the Roman Empire more or less ceased to exist. Second, if you’re wondering why I’m writing about some obscure coup instead of one of the most important military victories in Islamic or European history, it’s… Continue reading Today in Islamic history: the Ottoman coup of 1807 (oh, and Constantinople fell in 1453)