Maegan FrancoUnit 2 EssayMarch 15th, 2018Mughal vs. Ottoman EmpireThe Mughal and the Ottoman empires were two of the greatest empires to ever exist. Though they were both very successful, they had their shares of strengths and weaknesses. The Ottoman and Mughal empires both had very strong leaders to guide them through their prosperous and not so prosperous times who helped shaped religious tolerance, the military systems, and political systems within the empire.Before I discuss anything else about these empires, I feel it is important to know how they were run. The Ottoman Empire was quite complex due to its size. At the top of the OttomanEmpire was the Sultan. Majority of the Ottoman sultans were proficient rulers, despite the popular depiction at the time of their brutality and corruptness. The larger and wealthier that the empire grew, the sultans became more and more removed from their subjects and became less involved in the day to day administration. There were several positions under the sultan that formed an enormous state bureaucracy. By the 1520s, the Ottoman government had developed into the one of the best organized and most powerful states in either Europe or the Islamic world. Thus, when an area was conquered, its administrative structure was improved as the Ottomans took over and most areas even had their taxes reduced from the previous rulers. An individual known as the Grand Vizier oversaw the daily administration of government and was accountable only to the sultan. He was the head of the Ottoman bureaucracy and, after the reign of Suleiman,usually held more real power than even the sultan. Below the grand vizier, military leaders played a dominant role in Ottoman politics. During the period of expansion, the Turkic warriors who were central to success on the battlefield developed into a kind of warrior aristocracy.