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Running Head: OTTOMAN VS. MUGHAL EMPIRE 1 Ottoman vs. Mughal Empire Name Institution Affiliation The Ottoman and Mughal empires are considered to be two of the greatest and most successful empires in the history of the world. These two empires had some similarities and differences as well. Although these two empires experienced a period of
OTTOMAN VS. MUGHAL EMPIRE prosperity and growth, they also endured difficult periods of time. The Ottoman was bigger than Mughal and this made it more complex. The sultan was at the top of the Ottoman Empire. Many of the Ottoman sultans were proficient leaders despite the portrayal of these rulers as corrupt and brutal. As the empire grew wealthier and larger, the sultans were drawn away from their day to day administration. By the 1520s, the Ottoman Empire had established one of the most organized governments in the Islamic world and Europe as well. When the Ottoman took over a territory, the administrative system of that area was significantly improved and several areas had their taxes reduced. The daily government administration was headed by an individual known as Grand Vizier. Below the Grand Vizier was the military leaders who controlled the political scene ( Inalcik, 2013). Similar to the Ottoman Empire, the emperor was the head of everything in the Mughal Empire. He presided over several roles which include the distribution of justice, the commander in chief, and also the lawmaker. Beneath the emperor was the prime minister what they called the “Wazir”, and the Diwan who was the finance minister (Richards, 1995).

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