By Samantha Lafferty

ISBN-10: 1588436462

ISBN-13: 9781588436467

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The pages were embellished with the dust from sapphires, gold and other gems. Colorful miniature designs depicted life in the Ottoman court. The most valuable design is the sultan’s tugra, or personal seal. The Sahaflar Çarsisi in Istanbul is the best place to hunt for these rare books. Introduction name Mehmet the Conqueror. The last Byzantine Emperor, Constantine XI, died in the fighting. 22 n History SÜLEYMAN THE MAGNIFICENT Europeans knew Süleyman as the Magnificent for the grandeur of his court.

The majority of the people living in the country are Turkish, with Kurds being the largest minority group. Arabic-speaking communities, which make up two percent of the population, are clustered in Southeast Turkey near the border with Syria. The country’s 70,000 Armenians mainly live in Istanbul and around Lake Van in Eastern Turkey. © Ankarali Turgut The northeast Black Sea region, from Pazar to the Georgian border, is home to the country’s Laz population. They were originally Christians under the Byzantine Empire and later converted to Islam.

The central plains have hot summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The Black Sea region has warm summers with the highest rainfall. The southern and western coasts have typically Mediterranean summers, with soaring temperatures and little rainfall. Introduction n BIRDING 48 n People & Culture PEOPLE & CULTURE n POPULATION Turkey is a country of more than 70 million people, with a rapidly expanding youth population. In contrast to much of Europe, about a third of the population is between the ages of 12 and 24.

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