Ottoman New York

In 2017 I had a chance to serve as a guest host on the excellent Ottoman History Podcast alongside Sam Dolbee. While their normal focus is in the former Ottoman lands of the Near East, Sam and I explored the connections the Ottomans and their history had to New York City. In the episode I take Sam all over the city from a walk-up in the Upper East Side to Washington Square Park to the shadow of the Freedom Tower to make the case for an Ottoman New York. We discuss the last Sultan, Anthony Jansen van Sale, Civil War Zouaves, Little Syria and more. It was a chance to explore our town in an unexpected way and to see some familiar sites from unfamiliar views. My thanks to them for having me. The Ottoman History Podcast page for this episode (no. 320) has lots of photos, maps and a great bibliography. You can listen to the episode below or through iTunes or your podcast app.

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