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Unformatted text preview: mass conversions to Christianity, taking away Muslim standard of dress, prohibiting women from wearing veils, and outlawing social interactions like taking part in public baths or playing the zambra. Next, Ottoman rule enforced the idea of divide and conquer. The Safavids chose to unite the Shiite belief in Anatolia, not for religious uniformity but to obtain supporters for their military expansion. Allouche describes it as “religious propaganda which bore political overtones.” This did not sit well with the Ottomans since they desired expansion of their empire in these regions. The Ottomans sought to put an end to this religious alliance using military power. The campaign of Chaldiran displayed this was not a religious fight but territorial as they moved into Muslim Holy places like Mecca. From these two examples, it is clear that religious persecution was used in a struggle for territorial expansion for the Spanish and Ottomans....
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This note was uploaded on 06/21/2011 for the course RST 10 taught by Professor Coudert during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.
- Spring '08