Rethinking Disease In Ottoman History

Title:
Rethinking Disease In Ottoman History
Authors:
White, Sam
Abstract:
Drawing on a range of recent studies and original sources, this article calls for a revision of the usual paradigm of disease in Ottoman history by applying a more interdisciplinary approach and new insights from environmental history. The historiography of disease in the Middle East developed from the late 1970s to the early 1990s envisioned a steady mortality from inevitable cycles of bubonic plague supposedly accepted with pious resignation by Ottoman Muslims. Focusing on the period from circa 1500 to 1800, the article advances three arguments. First, Ottoman Muslims sometimes did take action to escape or contain epidemics. Second, the region actually suffered from a variety of other infections that together had an equal or greater impact than bubonic plague. Third, shifting political, social, and environmental conditions-especially Little Ice Age climate fluctuations and population movements during the 17th century-played a major role in disease mortality and Ottoman demography.
Citation:
White, Sam. 2010. "Rethinking Disease In Ottoman History." International Journal Of Middle East Studies 42(4): 549-567.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press for Middle East Studies Association of North America
DATE ISSUED:
2010-11
Department:
History
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1017/S0020743810000814
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/309987

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dc.contributor.authorWhite, Samen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:22:39Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:22:39Z-
dc.date.issued2010-11en
dc.identifier.citationWhite, Sam. 2010. "Rethinking Disease In Ottoman History." International Journal Of Middle East Studies 42(4): 549-567.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0020-7438en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/309987-
dc.description.abstractDrawing on a range of recent studies and original sources, this article calls for a revision of the usual paradigm of disease in Ottoman history by applying a more interdisciplinary approach and new insights from environmental history. The historiography of disease in the Middle East developed from the late 1970s to the early 1990s envisioned a steady mortality from inevitable cycles of bubonic plague supposedly accepted with pious resignation by Ottoman Muslims. Focusing on the period from circa 1500 to 1800, the article advances three arguments. First, Ottoman Muslims sometimes did take action to escape or contain epidemics. Second, the region actually suffered from a variety of other infections that together had an equal or greater impact than bubonic plague. Third, shifting political, social, and environmental conditions-especially Little Ice Age climate fluctuations and population movements during the 17th century-played a major role in disease mortality and Ottoman demography.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Press for Middle East Studies Association of North Americaen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0020743810000814-
dc.subject.departmentHistoryen_US
dc.titleRethinking Disease In Ottoman Historyen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal Of Middle East Studiesen_US
dc.subject.keyword17th centuryen_US
dc.subject.keywordBlack Deathen_US
dc.subject.keywordAnatoliaen_US
dc.subject.keyword16th centuryen_US
dc.identifier.volume42en_US
dc.identifier.issue4en_US
dc.identifier.startpage549en_US
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