Scholars from around the world gathered recently for George Mason University’s forum Beyond Golden Age and Decline: Muslim Societies and Global Modernity, 1300-1900. Some of the scholars joined With Good Reason to talk about the legacy of Muslim societies in today’s world. Giancarlo Casale (University of Minnesota) says in its heyday, the Ottoman Empire was a land of opportunity with many parallels to modern-day United States. Cemil Aydin (George Mason University) is researching the intellectual history of the idea of the Muslim World . Also featured: From ketchup to bluejeans–Susan Douglass (George Mason University) reminds us things we consider around us every day are the result of complex global trade from this period.