Religious Tolerance in the Ottoman Empire

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Ottoman family life. The Ottoman Empire was one of the greatest and most powerful estates that have ever existed on the planet. The name “Ottoman Empire” had frightened and conquered a lot of lands before its powers went to its decline. The Ottoman Empire started its existence in 1281 as a dynastic state and its glorious life lasted all the way until its decay in 1918. The Ottoman Empire was the one of the largest and longest lasting Empires in history, moved and sustained by Islam and Islamic institutions. The actual rise of the empire was gradual, and for half a century their own forces were enough to gain more land and then keep it. At the peak of its glory it included: Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, Hungary, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Parts of Arabia, and much of the coastal strip of North Africa. The ottoman Empire was created as a result of the conquests by turkish sultans and occupied a big territory in the three parts of the world – in Europe, Asia and Africa. The management of this huge country with different races of the population, diverse climat conditions, household traditions was not so easy. The Ottoman practiced Islam. However, the peoples whom they had conquered practiced a wide variety of religious beliefs, including Christianity, Judaism, and the worship of a number of gods and spirits. In order to keep peace, the Ottoman allowed their subjects to worship in whatever manner they choose. However, those who did not practice Islam were required to pay the government an additional tax. The people were divided into a number of castes or classes based on their importance within the Empire. The highest class was made up of the Sultan, his

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