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Lauren McIntyre Dr. Tully Hunter History 1112 11 September 2019 Ottoman Empire vs. Mughal Empire The Ottomans and Mughals were two of the most powerful civilizations of their era. Most of the empires’ victorious moments were during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent of the Ottoman Empire and Akbar of the Mughal Empire. Highpoints in the growth of these two empires began with the reign of their two leaders, but their deaths were the turning points for the downfall of their monumental empires. These two empires had many similarities and differences that contributed to their reign. The Ottoman Empire started its empire in Asia Minor. A significant step in the rise of the Ottoman power was the capture of Constantinople in 1453 (The Ottoman Empire). A key to the success of the empire was its political system, which was ran by the head of the empire, the Sultan. There were numerous positions under the Sultan that formed a bureaucracy. No Sultan was allowed to rule by themselves, including one of the greatest, Suleiman the Magnificent. Suleiman revised and reconstructed the Ottoman legal system which gave him the title of the lawgiver. The Millet System used a policy of tolerance compromised of separate legal courts in which minorities could rule themselves with each millet under the control of a national leader (The Ottoman Empire). This system opened doors to many cultures and created a jizya, religious tax for non-Muslim practitioners living in the empire. Suleiman brought peace to the empire in various ways, but one way was by being diverse with religions. He allowed Jews, Christians, and
Muslims to live side by side. There were also several advances in the empire that took place

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