'This is a masterly book Halil Inalcik is one of the foremost living students of Ottoman history...Read this book. If you are not a polymath already, it will expand your mental horizons' - Times Literary Supplement.
Halil Inalcik is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Chicago. Born in Istanbul, he was a Professor of Ottoman History at the University of Ankara from 1952 until 1972. He then joined the University of Chicago where he taught until his retirement in 1986. He is currently Professor of Ottoman History at Bilknet University in Ankara.