Suleiman I's Greatest Accomplishments

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Selim I expanded the Empire towards the Middle East and other Muslim countries. His biggest accomplishment was defeating the Mamluks (Egyptian soldiers whose corps were composed mainly of slaves from different countries and cultures) and conquering the Egyptian Empire, making the great empire theirs. At that time, the Ottoman Empire was ruling over all, or very close to all, of the Muslim world. Prior to this achievement, he had also been greatly victorious, conquering the Safavids, after years of conflict, in 1514, as well as Syria and Palestine in 1516.

Suleiman I, one of the most memorable Ottoman caliphs, takes over from his father. ‘The Magnificent’, as he was called, was a poet, and widely supported the arts, flourishing culture, and architecture. Working in the arts, and craftsmanship, became payable careers, and more accepted than before, as Suleiman endorsed many artists, and there was a payroll for them. This fostered a huge amount of culture and creativity, and started an ‘artistic legacy’, for which the Empire would be remembered and appreciated for in the future. He was also fair; combining the Kanuns law, which was legislative, and Sharia law, which was Islamic, to not contradict or violate each other. Also well as that, he was a fierce militant, conquering Belgrade (1521), Rhodes and Muscat (1522), Hungary (1541), and Tripoli (1551). In 1535, Tripolitania, Algeria, and Tunisia became provinces of the empire over the
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The Ottoman-Venetian War was fought by Selim I, Suleiman’s successor, against the Venetian Republic and the Holy League (which consisted of Spain, Tuscany, Genoa, and other Christian states). Despite having a variety of armies, the Ottoman’s opponents were not victorious, and the Ottoman’s gained control of the rich trade island, Cyprus. However, in the middle of the three year battle for the island, the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 was lost to the Holy League, which caused them to briefly take over the

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