Ottoman & Safavid Essay

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Comparative Essay: The Muslim Empires (1450-1750) With the collapse of the Mongol administration of the Islamic lands in the 14th and 15th centuries, a trio of new empires began forming across Asia: the Ottoman Empire in Asia Minor, the Safavid Empire in Persia, and the Mughal Empire in India. These three empires were the result of centuries of Islamic state building and expansion, and at the their height, they covered nearly the entire Islamic world. The only Islamic regions left outside their domain were West Africa and Southeast Asia. These three empires were also significant because they provided the bridge between the medieval and modern periods of the Islamic history. Regarding the religious tolerance, each empire had a period of extremists, and each a period of peace between groups. For instance, the Ottomans were Muslim. The Islam tradition accepted the existence of their religious, however there were laws regarding the interactions between each group. The Ottoman system was a mix of tradition and what they believed was practical: their tolerance was unique. On the other side, the Safavids were slightly tolerant. When the Isma’il came into power, he named Shi’a Islam as the religion of hid empire- with this it caused many wars, but change the path of the empire, affecting what we now know as Iran forever. With that, it’s safe to say that all of them enjoyed conquering new states, though not necessarily for the same reason. The Ottoman Empire was mainly interested in conquering, just to spread Islam. Their religion was their inspiration, whereas the other had less of the incentive. As for the Safavids, they were also interested in conquering, but only to expand their empire. Therefore, that was the sole reason for conquering what is now called India. Other than that, there was another similarity that the Ottoman and Safavid empires both had. They both
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