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The Ottoman Age of Exploration$
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Giancarlo Casale

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195377828

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377828.001.0001

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A Man, A Plan, A Canal

A Man, A Plan, A Canal

Mir Ali Beg's Expeditions to the Swahili Coast, 1579–1589

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(p.152) Six A Man, A Plan, A Canal
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The Ottoman Age of Exploration
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377828.003.0007

This chapter focuses on events from 1579 to 1589. Ottoman decision makers, particularly those with an interest in the Indian Ocean, realized that in light of the myriad challenges to their rule that emerged around 1579, Sokollu's delicate system of soft empire had become untenable. Instead, a stark choice seemed to present itself: either convert this soft empire into a more traditional system of direct imperial rule in maritime Asia, or stand idly by as Ottoman influence in the region gradually eroded or disappeared entirely.

Keywords:   Ottomans, Ottoman Empire, Indian Ocean, Mir Ali Beg, Koja Sinan

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