Il principeDe principatibus
‘The prince’, 'On principalities'
Date: About 1513
Original Language: Italian
Muslim rulers are mentioned in only two chapters of Machiavelli’s Prince, chs 4 and 19. In ch. 4 the Turkish emperor’s state is presented as an example of a strong government ruled by one master and with devoted subjects, who are ‘like slaves and have obligations to the leader’, and therefore cannot be easily corru…