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By Selim Deringil

within the nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire conventional non secular buildings crumbled because the empire itself started to collapse. The state's solution to schism used to be rules and keep an eye on, administered within the type of a few edicts within the early a part of the century. it really is by contrast historical past that assorted spiritual groups and participants negotiated survival by way of changing to Islam whilst their political pursuits or their lives have been at stake. because the century improved, even if, conversion was once now not enough to assure citizenship and estate rights because the kingdom turned more and more paranoid approximately its apostates and what it perceived as their 'denationalization'. The e-book tells the tale of the fight among the Ottoman kingdom, the good Powers and a large number of evangelical firms, laying off gentle on present flash-points within the Arab international and the Balkans, providing substitute views on nationwide and non secular identification and the interconnection among the two.

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