Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Last Ottoman

Ertugrul Osman is the current head of the Ottoman dynasty. The Ottomans ruled much of the middle east from c.1299 until 1922. They were regarded with horror by muhc of Europe, but to an increasing number of people, the Ottoman period in the middle east looks increasingly benign. Compared to the disaster of ethnic and religious conflict it seems positively benificient.

It turns out the current heir lives in New York City (New York Times, 3/26/2006) in a Lexington Avenue apartment. And he has a Jewish landlord.

The world is an interesting place indeed.

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