Unit two essay .docx - Culpepper1 McKenzie Culpepper Professor Edward F Ted Butler HIST 1112 15 March 2018 Islamic Empires When researching the great

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Culpepper McKenzie Culpepper Professor Edward F. “Ted” Butler HIST 1112 15 March 2018 Islamic Empires When researching the great empires of the 15 th to 17 th century two empires, the Ottoman Empire and the Safavid Empire, show many similarities and differences. The Ottoman Empire began in the early 14 th century with the capture of Constantinople around 1453. This empire was known for many powerful military advances and tactics as well as for its agricultural trade. It was known as one of the largest and most powerful empires. The Safavid Empire began in 1501, and fell to its decline in 1736. They were able to expand some through minimal trade, but were still able to trade with the English and Dutch. As the two empires are trying to expand and prosper we see differences between the two empires such as religion, size, and goods to trade. However, we also see many similarities in military efforts, economical systems, and culture. They both are very important empires that impacted the modern Islamic world. One important difference in the two empires is the religious conflict between the two. While they both were considered Muslim, the Ottoman Empire were Sunni Muslims and the Safavid Empire were Shi’ite Muslims. The Ottoman Empire was also more open to religious freedom compared to the more suppressed religious tolerance of the Safavid Empire. Another significant difference between the two empires is the trading experience. The Ottoman Empire was huge, about 7.6 million square miles and their main goal was expansion. They did this very

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