Two Islamic Empires: The Challenges Of The Ottoman Empire

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Over the centuries, two Islamic Empires have been fighting for decades. “”The Ottoman ruler, Selim I sent a letter to the Persian rival, Isma’il I, leader of the Shi’ite Safavid state.””(Sunni versus Shi’ite) “” Isma’il had entered the Ottoman territory and had demanded that Ottoman subjects accept Shi’ism.””(Sunni versus Shi’ite) In response to this Selim I threaten him with this letter. One thing lead to the other and eventually Isma’il I and Selim I had a war. “”Selim I won the battle of Chaldiran in 1514 and protected his territory from Shi’ite encroachment. “” (Sunni versus Shi’ite) Selim I quoted from the Quran saying that the land shouldn’t be played with it was given to them, to their god the lord, by the same god that rules over Isma’il …show more content…
The Ottomans were a strong nation and “” they stood at the crossroads of the intercontinental trade, stretching from the Balkans and the Black sea region through Anatolia, Syria, Mesopotamia, the gulf to Egypt, and most of the North African coast for six centuries until WWI.”” (Pamuk, 2004) This means the Ottomans were a strong influence on trade. They controlled the main routes which mean they could control who comes through and who dies on the way then they just take the goods. This being says they could have changed who trades with to keep them in such power. The Ottomans were comparable to the other two big empires of that time. But as time went on, other tribes decided that they wanted the land for themselves, so they attack and eventually. ““The Mughals and Safavids disintegrated under pressure of tribal pressure.”” (Pamuk, 2004) The Ottomans had one of the strongest and the biggest empires of them. “”Until the end of the sixteenth century, the rise of the Ottoman Empire was closely associated with military conquest.””. (Pamuk, 2004) They took a census to see how fast they were growing when taking over the cities, then “”expansion slowed during the second half of the sixteenth century””. Pamuk says that close to 90 percent of the population, was peasant farmers. That was their main income by traders from the farmer’s goods. They also have a strong sense in financial status that …show more content…
He used everything from the Qur’an telling him about how since that they do not believe some of the beliefs that the Sunni’s believe (the Ottoman Empire). So he try to talk a big talk about how since they are not in the true Islamic belief they will all be rejected and forgotten about during the last days for Allah to judge everyone, and that they will be condemned to hell. This all being behind the fact that The Ottoman was the strongest out of the Mughals and Safavids, who are the Shi’ites, the people trying to encroach of the Ottomans Empire. So it is kind of and underdog story. Eventually though, after all the fighting a letters sent back and forth Selim I won the battle of Chaldiran in 1514 and it goes to show that you shouldn’t mess with the biggest and baddest empires even if you think you are better, the Ottomans have to many resources from trade, military, and financial status against the other

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