The book under review is a collection of papers presented at a symposium held in Rethymno in January 2009 (Halcyon Days in Crete VII). This beautifully produced volume, edited by Professor Anastasopoulos and published by Crete University Press three years later, contains nineteen articles in 468 pages. Some of the authors are leading Ottomanists whose work is well known in the field and outside, such as Suraiya Faroqhi, Leslie Peirce, and Nicolas Vatin, while others are mid- and early-career scholars. The volume at hand is yet another demonstration of the important work that has been done for more than a decade on Ottoman provincial history at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies of the University of Crete in Rethymno. Nonetheless, the present book suffers from a series of framing issues that diminish its value qua collection, though fortunately not the merit of the individual papers in it.

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