Between Sultans and Kings

with Claire Gilbert

hosted by Nir Shafir

With increased connections between polities on all sides of the Mediterranean during the early modern period, the importance of translators and translation grew to facilitate diplomatic and economic relations. In this episode, Claire Gilbert explores the world of diplomacy in the Western Mediterranean of the sixteenth century the role of translators in this zone of contact.

Claire Gilbert is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at UCLA.
Nir Shafir is a doctoral candidate at UCLA studying Ottoman intellectual history. (see

Citation: "Between Sultans and Kings: Translation in the Early Modern Mediterranean," Claire Gilbert, Nir Shafir, and Chris Gratien, Ottoman History Podcast, No. 162 (5 July 2014)

Listeners might also like:

#108 Dragomans | Emrah Safa Gürkan
#106 Sources for Early Ottoman History | Christopher Markiewicz
#141 Race, Slavery, and Islamic Law in the Atlantic | Chris Gratien
#077 Did the Ottomans Consider Themselves an Empire? | Einar Wigen
#003 The Ottoman-Habsburg Rivalry | Emrah Safa Gürkan


Dario Cabanelas, El morisco granadino Alonso del Castillo, Granada: Patronato de la Alhambra, 1965.

Ellen Friedman, Spanish Captives in North Africa in the Early Modern Age, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1983.

Mercedes García-Arenal, Ahmad al-Mansur: The Beginnings of Modern Morocco, Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2009.

Mercedes García-Arenal, Fernando Rodríguez Mediano, and Rachid El Hour, Cartas Marruecas: Documentos de Marruecos en Archivos Españoles (Siglos XVI-XVII), Madrid: CSIC, 2002.

Andrew Hess, The Forgotten Frontier: A History of the Sixteenth-Century Ibero-African Frontier, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978.

Nabil Mouline, Le califat imaginaire d'Ahmad al-Mansur: Pouvoir et diplomatie au Maroc au XVIe siècle, Paris: PUF, 2009.


Ottoman History Podcast is a noncommerical website intended for educational use. Anyone is welcome to use and reproduce our content with proper attribution under the terms of noncommercial fair use within the classroom setting or on other educational websites. All third-party content is used either with express permission or under the terms of fair use. Our page and podcasts contain no advertising and our website receives no revenue. All donations received are used solely for the purposes of covering our expenses. Unauthorized commercial use of our material is strictly prohibited, as it violates not only our noncommercial commitment but also the rights of third-party content owners.

We make efforts to completely cite all secondary sources employed in the making of our episodes and properly attribute third-party content such as images from the web. If you feel that your material has been improperly used or incorrectly attributed on our site, please do not hesitate to contact us.