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Honored by the Glory of IslamConversion and Conquest in Ottoman Empire$
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Marc David Baer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331752

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331752.001.0001

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A Decade of Crisis

A Decade of Crisis

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(p.39) 2 A Decade of Crisis
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Honored by the Glory of Islam
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Marc David Baer (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331752.003.0002

This chapter analyzes the decade of economic, military, and political crisis, which led to perceptions of a cultural crisis whose resolution was sought in conversion to a purified Islam as advocated by pietist preachers. Many scholars writing about conversion agree that conversion is often preceded by crisis, either at a societal or personal level. Because context is crucial, a context of crisis sets the stage for religious change to occur. When that crisis is severe, prolonged, extensive, and external, offering a startling contrast with what came before, a discrepancy between the ideal and reality, people may be compelled to look inward and try to understand how their religious beliefs and practices triggered such a troubled situation.

Keywords:   piety, religious conversion, Islam, Ottomans, Ibrahim, crisis

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