Ottoman and European: a shared history
The Battle of Lepanto, — or Inebahti, as it is known in Turkish — was, no doubt, one of the most significant and bloody naval clashes in the 16th century. That fateful day has been preserved in two completely opposite ways in the European and the Turkish memory. For the former, it is a tale of heroic victory. For the latter, it is a tale of shameful defeat. But centuries on today, it is time for us to rethink the Battle of Lepanto, beyond concepts of chivalry and defeat, and try to understand it in its complexity and entirety.