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The Transformation of the Middle East, 1566-1914 (HIST 335): Movies / Documentaries

A LibGuide for Professor Cuno's HIST 335 course on the Ottoman Empire and Middle East.

Films based in the Ottoman Empire

Fetih 1453 (Conquest 1453)

   After the death of his father Murat II, Mehmet II ascends to the Ottoman throne. After braving internal and external enemies, he decides to complete what he was destined to do - conquer Constantinople.

Harem suare

   As the Ottoman Empire comes to an end, an old servant spins a tale to keep the women in the Sultan's harem distracted. The story is about Safiye, who first becomes the Sultan's favorite concubine, and later the official wife. As she gains power and influence, she engages in a tryst with Nadir, the black eunuch. When the Empire falls, the Sultan escapes to Europe, leaving all the concubines behind. Safiye fights for their rights under the new order...   

Documentaries