IN-PERSON - The Life and Times of Sultan Süleyman - Meet the Author: Kaya Sahin in conversation with Elizabeth Rodini


Thursday, February 23, 2023

6:00 PM to

Central Time (US & Canada)


This program is free and open to all; free tickets required. The registration period has closed for this event.


Join us as historian Kaya Sahin, author of Peerless among Princes: The Life and Times of Sultan Süleyman, and art historian Elizabeth Rodini discuss the sixteenth-century ruler, during whose reign the Ottoman Empire became a truly global power.

Süleyman presided over a multilingual and multireligious empire that promised peace and prosperity to its subjects while he clashed with the Catholic Habsburgs in Europe and the Shiite Safavids in the Middle East. His poetic output, his appearances during public ceremonies, his charity, and his patronage of arts and architecture enhanced his reputation as a universal ruler with a well-rounded character.

Behind that public façade, Süleyman led a complicated life. He grew up with an overbearing father whose legacy was an advantage and a burden. Defying established practice, he married a concubine named Hürrem whose love and affection became his true refuge. Toward the end of his life, facing both debilitating sickness and the agitations of his sons, he struggled to remain on the throne.

Peerless among Princes will be available for purchase in the Newberry Bookshop, and Dr. Sahin will sign books after the program.

We look forward to seeing attendees at the Newberry, where you can now visit our reading rooms, exhibition galleries, and bookshop.


Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610

View directions

Contact Us


Contact us at