Past Event

Peerless Among Princes: The Life and Times of Sultan Suleyman

March 6, 2023
6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
Schermerhorn Hall, 1198 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027 Room 807


A Talk by

Kaya Şahin (Indiana University)


Ayşe Baltacıoğlu-Brammer (NYU)

Pier Mattia Tommasino (Columbia University)

Moderated by

A. Tunç Şen (Columbia University)


Süleyman, who ruled the Ottoman Empire between 1520 and 1566, was a globally recognized figure during his lifetime. His domain extended from Hungary to Iran, and from the Crimea to North Africa and the Indian Ocean. While he was engaged in bitter rivalries with the Catholic Habsburgs in Europe and the Shiite Safavids in the Middle East, he also presided over a multilingual and multireligious empire that promised peace and prosperity to its subjects.

Behind the public façade of might and glory, Süleyman led a complicated life. He grew up with an overbearing father whose legacy was both an advantage and a burden. Defying established practice, he married a concubine named Hürrem. Towards the end of his life, he had to overcome both debilitating sickness and the agitations of his sons to remain on the throne.

Around Peerless among Princes, the first scholarly biography of Süleyman in English since 1944, we will discuss Süleyman’s achievements as well as his failures, the world he and his contemporaries lived in, and their legacies.


Monday, March 6, 6:15 PM EST / Schermerhorn Hall, Room 807

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