The Ottoman Empire ruled most of the Middle East and Southeastern Europe for about 400 years — and its fall in 1922 helped shape the modern Middle East — yet few Americans know much about it. Discover the major historical trends that influenced the state. Investigate key aspects such as religion, the imperial family, and the harem system, and explore Ottoman language, literature, music, art, and architecture.
Douglas Brookes Ph.D. teaches Ottoman Turkish language at Cal and has taught courses in Ottoman history and culture through UC Extension over the past 15 years. He has published three books on Ottoman culture, concentrating on the imperial family. He has led numerous educational tours through Turkey and the Black Sea region.