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The Ottoman Empire (/ˈɒtəmən/; Devlet-i ʿAlīye-i ʿOsmānīye[dn 5]), also historically known in Western Europe
Europe
as the Turkish Empire[8] or simply Turkey,[9] was a state that controlled much of southeastern Europe, western Asia and northern Africa between the 14th and early 20th centuries. It was founded at the end of the 13th century in northwestern Anatolia
Anatolia
in the town of Söğüt (modern-day Bilecik Province) by the Oghuz Turkish tribal leader Osman.[10] After 1354, the Ottomans crossed into Europe, and with the conquest of the Balkans, the Ottoman Beylik was transformed into a transcontinental empire. The Ottomans ended the Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
with the 1453 conquest of Constantinople
Constantinople
by Mehmed the Conqueror.[11] During the 16th and 17th centuries, at the height of its power under the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
was a multinational, multilingual empire controlling most of Southeast Europe, parts of Central Europe, Western Asia, parts of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa.[12] At the beginning of the 17th century, the empire contained 32 provinces and numerous vassal states. Some of these were later absorbed into the Ottoman Empire, while others were granted various types of autonomy during the course of centuries.[dn 6] With Constantinople
Constantinople
as its capital and control of lands around the Mediterranean
Mediterranean
basin, the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
was at the centre of interactions between the Eastern and Western worlds for six centuries. While the empire was once thought to have entered a period of decline following the death of Suleiman the Magnificent, this view is no longer supported by the majority of academic historians.[13] The empire continued to maintain a flexible and strong economy, society, and military throughout the seventeenth and much of the eighteenth century.[14] However, during a long period of peace from 1740 to 1768, the Ottoman military system fell behind that of their European rivals, the Habsburg
Habsburg
and Russian Empires.[15] The Ottomans consequently suffered severe military defeats in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, which prompted them to initiate a comprehensive process of reform and modernisation known as the Tanzimat. Thus over the course of the nineteenth century the Ottoman state became vastly more powerful and organised, despite suffering further territorial losses, especially in the Balkans, where a number of new states emerged.[16] The empire allied with Germany in the early 20th century, hoping to escape from the diplomatic isolation which had contributed to its recent territorial losses, and thus joined World War I
World War I
on the side of the Central Powers.[17] While the Empire
Empire
was able to largely hold its own during the conflict, it was struggling with internal dissent, especially with the Arab Revolt
Arab Revolt
in its Arabian holdings. During this time, major atrocities were committed by the Ottoman government against the Armenians, Assyrians and Pontic Greeks.[18] The Empire's defeat and the occupation of part of its territory by the Allied Powers in the aftermath of World War I
World War I
resulted in its partitioning and the loss of its Middle Eastern territories, which were divided between the United Kingdom and France. The successful Turkish War of Independence
Turkish War of Independence
against the occupying Allies led to the emergence of the Republic of Turkey
Turkey
in the Anatolian heartland and the abolition of the Ottoman monarchy.[19]

Contents

1 Name 2 History

2.1 Rise (c. 1299–1453) 2.2 Expansion and apogee (1453–1566) 2.3 Stagnation and reform (1566–1827)

2.3.1 Revolts, reversals, and revivals (1566–1683) 2.3.2 Russian threat grows

2.4 Decline and modernization (1828–1908) 2.5 Defeat and dissolution (1908–1922)

3 Historical debate on the origins and nature of the Ottoman state 4 Government

4.1 Law 4.2 Military

5 Administrative divisions 6 Economy 7 Demographics

7.1 Language 7.2 Religion

7.2.1 Islam 7.2.2 Christianity
Christianity
and Judaism

8 Culture

8.1 Literature 8.2 Architecture 8.3 Decorative arts 8.4 Music and performing arts 8.5 Cuisine

9 Science and technology 10 Sports 11 See also 12 Notes 13 References 14 Further reading

14.1 General surveys 14.2 Early Ottomans 14.3 Military 14.4 Miscellaneous 14.5 Historiography

15 External links

Name Main article: Names of the Ottoman Empire The word Ottoman is a historical anglicisation of the name of Osman I, the founder of the Empire
Empire
and of the ruling House of Osman
House of Osman
(also known as the Ottoman dynasty). Osman's name in turn was the Turkish form of the Arabic
Arabic
name ʿUthmān (عثمان‎). In Ottoman Turkish, the empire was referred to as Devlet-i ʿAlīye-yi ʿOsmānīye (دولت عليه عثمانیه‎),[20] (literally "The Supreme Ottoman State") or alternatively ʿOsmānlı Devleti (عثمانلى دولتى‎). In Modern Turkish, it is known as Osmanlı İmparatorluğu ("The Ottoman Empire") or Osmanlı Devleti ("The Ottoman State"). The Turkish word for "Ottoman" (Osmanlı) originally referred to the tribal followers of Osman in the fourteenth century, and subsequently came to be used to refer to the empire's military-administrative elite. In contrast, the term "Turk" (Türk) was used to refer to the Anatolian peasant and tribal population, and was seen as a disparaging term when applied to urban, educated individuals.[21] In the early modern period, an educated urban-dwelling Turkish-speaker who was not a member of the military-administrative class would refer to himself neither as an Osmanlı nor as a Türk, but rather as a Rūmī (رومى‎), or "Roman", meaning an inhabitant of the territory of the former Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
in the Balkans
Balkans
and Anatolia. The term Rūmī was also used to refer to Turkish-speakers by the other Muslim peoples of the empire and beyond.[22] In Western Europe, the two names "Ottoman Empire" and "Turkey" were often used interchangeably, with "Turkey" being increasingly favoured both in formal and informal situations. This dichotomy was officially ended in 1920–23, when the newly established Ankara-based Turkish government chose Turkey
Turkey
as the sole official name. Most scholarly historians avoid the terms "Turkey", "Turks", and "Turkish" when referring to the Ottomans, due to the empire's multinational character.[9] History Main article: History of the Ottoman Empire See also: Territorial evolution of the Ottoman Empire Rise (c. 1299–1453) Main article: Rise of the Ottoman Empire Further information: Osman I, Ottoman dynasty, and Gaza Thesis As the power of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum
Sultanate of Rum
declined in the 13th century, Anatolia
Anatolia
was divided into a patchwork of independent Turkish principalities known as the Anatolian Beyliks. One of these beyliks, in the region of Bithynia
Bithynia
on the frontier of the Byzantine Empire, was led by the Turkish tribal leader Osman (d. 1323/4), a figure of obscure origins from whom the name Ottoman is derived.[23] Osman's early followers consisted both of Turkish tribal groups and Byzantine renegades, many but not all converts to Islam.[24] Osman extended the control of his principality by conquering Byzantine towns along the Sakarya River. It is not well understood how the early Ottomans came to dominate their neighbours, due to the scarcity of the sources which survive from this period. One school of thought which was popular during the twentieth century argued that the Ottomans achieved success by rallying religious warriors to fight for them in the name of Islam. This theory, known as the Gaza Thesis, is now highly criticised and no longer generally accepted by historians, but no consensus on the nature of the early Ottoman state has yet emerged to replace it.[25]

Battle of Nicopolis
Battle of Nicopolis
in 1396. Painting from 1523.

In the century after the death of Osman I, Ottoman rule began to extend over Anatolia
Anatolia
and the Balkans. Osman's son, Orhan, captured the northwestern Anatolian city of Bursa
Bursa
in 1326, and made it the new capital of the Ottoman state. This conquest meant the loss of Byzantine control over northwestern Anatolia. The important city of Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki
was captured from the Venetians in 1387. The Ottoman victory at Kosovo in 1389 effectively marked the end of Serbian power in the region, paving the way for Ottoman expansion into Europe.[26] The Battle of Nicopolis
Battle of Nicopolis
in 1396, widely regarded as the last large-scale crusade of the Middle Ages, failed to stop the advance of the victorious Ottoman Turks.[27] With the extension of Turkish dominion into the Balkans, the strategic conquest of Constantinople
Constantinople
became a crucial objective. However the city's strategic position on the Bosphorus Strait and defensive military features made it difficult to conquer. The empire had managed to control nearly all former Byzantine lands surrounding the city, but in 1402 the Byzantines were temporarily relieved when the Turco-Mongol leader Timur, founder of the Timurid Empire, invaded Anatolia
Anatolia
from the east. In the Battle of Ankara
Battle of Ankara
in 1402, Timur
Timur
defeated the Ottoman forces and took Sultan Bayezid I
Bayezid I
as a prisoner, throwing the empire into disorder. The ensuing civil war lasted from 1402 to 1413 as Bayezid's sons fought over succession. It ended when Mehmed I
Mehmed I
emerged as the sultan and restored Ottoman power, bringing an end to the Interregnum, also known as the Fetret Devri.[28] Part of the Ottoman territories in the Balkans
Balkans
(such as Thessaloniki, Macedonia and Kosovo) were temporarily lost after 1402 but were later recovered by Murad II
Murad II
between the 1430s and 1450s. On 10 November 1444, Murad II
Murad II
defeated the Hungarian, Polish, and Wallachian armies under Władysław III of Poland
Władysław III of Poland
(also King of Hungary) and John Hunyadi at the Battle of Varna, the final battle of the Crusade of Varna, although Albanians under Skanderbeg
Skanderbeg
continued to resist. Four years later, John Hunyadi
John Hunyadi
prepared another army (of Hungarian and Wallachian forces) to attack the Turks but was again defeated by Murad II at the Second Battle of Kosovo
Battle of Kosovo
in 1448.[29] Expansion and apogee (1453–1566) Main article: Growth of the Ottoman Empire

Sultan Mehmed II's entry into Constantinople; painting by Fausto Zonaro (1854–1929)

The son of Murad II, Mehmed the Conqueror, reorganized the state and the military, and conquered Constantinople
Constantinople
on 29 May 1453. Mehmed allowed the Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church
to maintain its autonomy and land in exchange for accepting Ottoman authority.[30] Because of bad relations between the states of western Europe
Europe
and the later Byzantine Empire, the majority of the Orthodox population accepted Ottoman rule as preferable to Venetian rule.[30] Albanian resistance was a major obstacle to Ottoman expansion on the Italian peninsula.[31] In the 15th and 16th centuries, the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
entered a period of expansion. The Empire
Empire
prospered under the rule of a line of committed and effective Sultans. It also flourished economically due to its control of the major overland trade routes between Europe
Europe
and Asia.[32][dn 7] Sultan Selim I
Selim I
(1512–1520) dramatically expanded the Empire's eastern and southern frontiers by defeating Shah Ismail of Safavid Persia, in the Battle of Chaldiran.[33] Selim I
Selim I
established Ottoman rule in Egypt, and created a naval presence on the Red Sea. After this Ottoman expansion, a competition started between the Portuguese Empire and the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
to become the dominant power in the region.[34]

Battle of Mohács
Battle of Mohács
in 1526[35]

Suleiman the Magnificent
Suleiman the Magnificent
(1520–1566) captured Belgrade
Belgrade
in 1521, conquered the southern and central parts of the Kingdom of Hungary
Kingdom of Hungary
as part of the Ottoman–Hungarian Wars,[36][37][not in citation given] and, after his historic victory in the Battle of Mohács
Battle of Mohács
in 1526, he established Turkish rule in the territory of present-day Hungary (except the western part) and other Central European territories. He then laid siege to Vienna
Vienna
in 1529, but failed to take the city.[38] In 1532, he made another attack on Vienna, but was repulsed in the Siege of Güns.[39][40] Transylvania, Wallachia
Wallachia
and, intermittently, Moldavia, became tributary principalities of the Ottoman Empire. In the east, the Ottoman Turks took Baghdad
Baghdad
from the Persians in 1535, gaining control of Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia
and naval access to the Persian Gulf. In 1555, the Caucasus
Caucasus
became officially partitioned for the first time between the Safavids
Safavids
and the Ottomans, a status quo that would remain until the end of the Russo-Turkish War (1768–74). By this partitioning of the Caucasus
Caucasus
as signed in the Peace of Amasya, Western Armenia, western Kurdistan, and Western Georgia (incl. western Samtskhe) fell into Ottoman hands,[41] while southern Dagestan, Eastern Armenia, Eastern Georgia, and Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
remained Persian.[42]

Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha
Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha
defeats the Holy League of Charles V under the command of Andrea Doria
Andrea Doria
at the Battle of Preveza
Battle of Preveza
in 1538

France
France
and the Ottoman Empire, united by mutual opposition to Habsburg rule, became strong allies. The French conquests of Nice (1543) and Corsica (1553) occurred as a joint venture between the forces of the French king Francis I and Suleiman, and were commanded by the Ottoman admirals Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha
Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha
and Turgut Reis.[43] A month before the siege of Nice, France
France
supported the Ottomans with an artillery unit during the 1543 Ottoman conquest of Esztergom in northern Hungary. After further advances by the Turks, the Habsburg ruler Ferdinand officially recognized Ottoman ascendancy in Hungary
Hungary
in 1547. In 1559, after the first Ajuran-Portuguese war, the Ottoman Empire would later absorb the weakened east African Adal Sultanate
Adal Sultanate
into its domain. This expansion furthered Ottoman rule in Somalia
Somalia
and the Horn of Africa. This also increased its influence in the Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
to compete against the Portuguese with its close ally the Ajuran Empire.[44] By the end of Suleiman's reign, the Empire
Empire
spanned approximately 877,888 sq mi (2,273,720 km2), extending over three continents.[45] In addition, the Empire
Empire
became a dominant naval force, controlling much of the Mediterranean
Mediterranean
Sea.[46] By this time, the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
was a major part of the European political sphere. The success of its political and military establishment was compared to the Roman Empire, by the likes of Italian scholar Francesco Sansovino and the French political philosopher Jean Bodin.[47] Stagnation and reform (1566–1827) Revolts, reversals, and revivals (1566–1683) Main article: Transformation of the Ottoman Empire Further information: Ottoman Decline Thesis

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The extent of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
in 1566, upon the death of Suleiman the Magnificent

Ottoman miniature
Ottoman miniature
about the Szigetvár campaign showing Ottoman troops and Tatars
Tatars
as avant-garde

In the second half of the sixteenth century the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
came under increasing strain from inflation and the rapidly rising costs of warfare that were impacting both Europe
Europe
and the Middle East. These pressures led to a series of crises around the year 1600, placing great strain upon the Ottoman system of government.[48] The empire underwent a series of transformations of its political and military institutions in response to these challenges, enabling it to successfully adapt to the new conditions of the seventeenth century and remain powerful, militarily and economically.[49][50] Historians of the mid-twentieth century once characterized this period as one of stagnation and decline, but this view is now rejected by the majority of academics.[13] The discovery of new maritime trade routes by Western European states allowed them to avoid the Ottoman trade monopoly. The Portuguese discovery of the Cape of Good Hope
Cape of Good Hope
in 1488 initiated a series of Ottoman-Portuguese naval wars in the Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
throughout the 16th century. Despite the growing European presence in the Indian Ocean, Ottoman trade with the east continued to flourish. Cairo in particular benefitted from the rise of Yemeni coffee as a popular consumer commodity. As coffeehouses appeared in cities and towns across the empire, Cairo developed into a major center for its trade, contributing to its continued prosperity throughout the seventeenth and much of the eighteenth century.[51] Under Ivan IV
Ivan IV
(1533–1584), the Tsardom of Russia
Tsardom of Russia
expanded into the Volga and Caspian region at the expense of the Tatar khanates. In 1571, the Crimean khan Devlet I Giray, supported by the Ottomans, burned Moscow.[52] The next year, the invasion was repeated but repelled at the Battle of Molodi. The Crimean Khanate
Crimean Khanate
continued to invade Eastern Europe
Europe
in a series of slave raids,[53] and remained a significant power in Eastern Europe
Europe
until the end of the 17th century.[54] In southern Europe, a Catholic coalition led by Philip II of Spain
Philip II of Spain
won a victory over the Ottoman fleet at the Battle of Lepanto
Battle of Lepanto
(1571). It was a startling, if mostly symbolic,[55] blow to the image of Ottoman invincibility, an image which the victory of the Knights of Malta against the Ottoman invaders in the 1565 Siege of Malta
Malta
had recently set about eroding.[56] The battle was far more damaging to the Ottoman navy in sapping experienced manpower than the loss of ships, which were rapidly replaced.[57] The Ottoman navy recovered quickly, persuading Venice to sign a peace treaty in 1573, allowing the Ottomans to expand and consolidate their position in North Africa.[58]

Battle of Lepanto
Battle of Lepanto
in 1571

By contrast, the Habsburg
Habsburg
frontier had settled somewhat, a stalemate caused by a stiffening of the Habsburg
Habsburg
defences.[59] The Long War against Habsburg
Habsburg
Austria (1593–1606) created the need for greater numbers of Ottoman infantry equipped with firearms, resulting in a relaxation of recruitment policy. This contributed to problems of indiscipline and outright rebelliousness within the corps, which were never fully solved.[60][obsolete source] Irregular sharpshooters (Sekban) were also recruited, and on demobilization turned to brigandage in the Jelali revolts
Jelali revolts
(1590–1610), which engendered widespread anarchy in Anatolia
Anatolia
in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.[61] With the Empire's population reaching 30 million people by 1600, the shortage of land placed further pressure on the government.[62][obsolete source] In spite of these problems, the Ottoman state remained strong, and its army did not collapse or suffer crushing defeats. The only exceptions were campaigns against the Safavid dynasty
Safavid dynasty
of Persia, where many of the Ottoman eastern provinces were lost, some permanently. This 1603–1618 war eventually resulted in the Treaty of Nasuh Pasha, which ceded the entire Caucasus, except westernmost Georgia, back into Iranian Safavid
Safavid
possession.[63]

Map from 1654

Second Siege of Vienna
Siege of Vienna
in 1683

During his brief majority reign, Murad IV
Murad IV
(1623–1640) reasserted central authority and recaptured Iraq
Iraq
(1639) from the Safavids.[64] The resulting Treaty of Zuhab of that same year decisively parted the Caucasus
Caucasus
and adjacent regions between the two neighbouring empires as it had already been defined in the 1555 Peace of Amasya.[65][66] The Sultanate of women
Sultanate of women
(1623–1656) was a period in which the mothers of young sultans exercised power on behalf of their sons. The most prominent women of this period were Kösem Sultan
Kösem Sultan
and her daughter-in-law Turhan Hatice, whose political rivalry culminated in Kösem's murder in 1651.[67] During the Köprülü Era
Köprülü Era
(1656–1703), effective control of the Empire
Empire
was exercised by a sequence of Grand Viziers from the Köprülü family. The Köprülü Vizierate saw renewed military success with authority restored in Transylvania, the conquest of Crete
Crete
completed in 1669, and expansion into Polish southern Ukraine, with the strongholds of Khotyn
Khotyn
and Kamianets-Podilskyi
Kamianets-Podilskyi
and the territory of Podolia
Podolia
ceding to Ottoman control in 1676.[68] This period of renewed assertiveness came to a calamitous end in 1683 when Grand Vizier
Grand Vizier
Kara Mustafa Pasha
Kara Mustafa Pasha
led a huge army to attempt a second Ottoman siege of Vienna
Vienna
in the Great Turkish War
Great Turkish War
of 1683–1699. The final assault being fatally delayed, the Ottoman forces were swept away by allied Habsburg, German and Polish forces spearheaded by the Polish king John III Sobieski
John III Sobieski
at the Battle of Vienna. The alliance of the Holy League pressed home the advantage of the defeat at Vienna, culminating in the Treaty of Karlowitz
Treaty of Karlowitz
(26 January 1699), which ended the Great Turkish War.[69] The Ottomans surrendered control of significant territories, many permanently.[70] Mustafa II
Mustafa II
(1695–1703) led the counterattack of 1695–96 against the Habsburgs in Hungary, but was undone at the disastrous defeat at Zenta (in modern Serbia), 11 September 1697.[71] Russian threat grows Aside from the loss of the Banat
Banat
and the temporary loss of Belgrade (1717–39), the Ottoman border on the Danube
Danube
and Sava
Sava
remained stable during the eighteenth century. Russian expansion, however, presented a large and growing threat.[72] Accordingly, King Charles XII of Sweden was welcomed as an ally in the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
following his defeat by the Russians at the Battle of Poltava
Battle of Poltava
of 1709 in central Ukraine
Ukraine
(part of the Great Northern War
Great Northern War
of 1700–1721).[72] Charles XII persuaded the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed III
Ahmed III
to declare war on Russia, which resulted in an Ottoman victory in the Pruth River Campaign
Pruth River Campaign
of 1710–1711, in Moldavia.[73]

Austrian troops led by Prince Eugene of Savoy
Prince Eugene of Savoy
capture Belgrade
Belgrade
in 1717

After the Austro-Turkish War of 1716–1718
Austro-Turkish War of 1716–1718
the Treaty of Passarowitz confirmed the loss of the Banat, Serbia
Serbia
and "Little Walachia" (Oltenia) to Austria. The Treaty also revealed that the Ottoman Empire was on the defensive and unlikely to present any further aggression in Europe.[74] The Austro-Russian–Turkish War (1735–1739), which was ended by the Treaty of Belgrade
Belgrade
in 1739, resulted in the recovery of Serbia
Serbia
and Oltenia, but the Empire
Empire
lost the port of Azov, north of the Crimean Peninsula, to the Russians. After this treaty the Ottoman Empire
Empire
was able to enjoy a generation of peace, as Austria and Russia were forced to deal with the rise of Prussia.[75] Educational and technological reforms came about, including the establishment of higher education institutions such as the Istanbul Technical University.[76] In 1734 an artillery school was established to impart Western-style artillery methods, but the Islamic clergy successfully objected under the grounds of theodicy.[77] In 1754 the artillery school was reopened on a semi-secret basis.[77] In 1726, Ibrahim Muteferrika
Ibrahim Muteferrika
convinced the Grand Vizier
Grand Vizier
Nevşehirli Damat İbrahim Pasha, the Grand Mufti, and the clergy on the efficiency of the printing press, and Muteferrika was later granted by Sultan Ahmed III permission to publish non-religious books (despite opposition from some calligraphers and religious leaders).[78] Muteferrika's press published its first book in 1729 and, by 1743, issued 17 works in 23 volumes, each having between 500 and 1,000 copies.[78][79]

Ottoman troops attempt to halt advancing Russians during the Siege of Ochakov in 1788.

In 1768 Russian-backed Ukrainian Haidamakas, pursuing Polish confederates, entered Balta, an Ottoman-controlled town on the border of Bessarabia in Ukraine, and massacred its citizens and burned the town to the ground. This action provoked the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
into the Russo-Turkish War of 1768–1774. The Treaty of Küçük Kaynarca
Treaty of Küçük Kaynarca
of 1774 ended the war and provided freedom to worship for the Christian citizens of the Ottoman-controlled provinces of Wallachia
Wallachia
and Moldavia.[80] By the late 18th century, after a number of defeats in the wars with Russia, some people in the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
began to conclude that the reforms of Peter the Great
Peter the Great
had given the Russians an edge, and the Ottomans would have to keep up with Western technology in order to avoid further defeats.[77] Selim III
Selim III
(1789–1807) made the first major attempts to modernize the army, but his reforms were hampered by the religious leadership and the Janissary
Janissary
corps. Jealous of their privileges and firmly opposed to change, the Janissary
Janissary
revolted. Selim's efforts cost him his throne and his life, but were resolved in spectacular and bloody fashion by his successor, the dynamic Mahmud II, who eliminated the Janissary corps in 1826.

Selim III
Selim III
receiving dignitaries during an audience at the Gate of Felicity, Topkapı Palace

The Serbian revolution
Serbian revolution
(1804–1815) marked the beginning of an era of national awakening in the Balkans
Balkans
during the Eastern Question. In 1811, the fundamentalist Wahhabis of Arabia, led by the al-Saud family revolted against the Ottomans. Unable to defeat the Wahhabi rebels, the Sublime Porte
Sublime Porte
had Mohammad Ali the Great, the vali (governor) of Egypt
Egypt
tasked with retaking Arabia
Arabia
which ended with the destruction of the Emirate of Diriyah
Emirate of Diriyah
in 1818. The Suzerainty of Serbia
Serbia
as a hereditary monarchy under its own dynasty was acknowledged de jure in 1830.[81][82] In 1821, the Greeks declared war on the Sultan. A rebellion that originated in Moldavia
Moldavia
as a diversion was followed by the main revolution in the Peloponnese, which, along with the northern part of the Gulf of Corinth, became the first parts of the Ottoman Empire
Empire
to achieve independence (in 1829). In 1830, the French invaded Algeria, which was lost to the empire. In 1831, Mohammad Ali revolted with the aim of making himself sultan and founding a new dynasty, and his French-trained army under his son Ibrahim Pasha
Pasha
defeated the Ottoman Army
Ottoman Army
as it marched on Constantinople, coming within 200 miles of the capital.[83] In desperation, the Sultan Mahmud II
Mahmud II
appealed to the empire's traditional archenemy Russia for help, asking the Emperor Nicholas I to send an expeditionary force to save him.[84] In return for signing the Treaty of Hünkâr İskelesi, the Russians sent the expeditionary force, which deterred Ibrahim from taking Constantinople.[84] Under the terms of Peace of Kutahia, signed on 5 May 1833 Mohammad Ali agreed to abandon his claim to the throne, in exchange for which he was made the vali of the vilayets (provinces) of Crete, Aleppo, Tripoli, Damascus and Sidon (the latter four comprising modern Syria
Syria
and Lebanon), and given the right to collect taxes in Adana.[84] Had it not been for the Russian intervention, it is almost certain Mahumd II would have been overthrown and Mohammad Ali would have become the new sultan, marking the beginning of a recurring pattern where the Sublime Porte
Sublime Porte
needed the help of outsiders to save itself.[85]

The Greek War of Independence
Greek War of Independence
(1821–1829) against the Ottomans

In 1839, the Sublime Porte
Sublime Porte
attempted to take back what it lost to the de facto independent vilayet of Egypt, and suffered a crushing defeat, leading to the Oriental Crisis as Mohammad Ali was very close to France, and the prospect of him as Sultan was widely viewed as putting the entire empire into the French sphere of influence.[84] As the Sublime Porte
Sublime Porte
had proved itself incapable of defeating the Egyptians, Britain and Austria intervened to defeat Egypt.[84] By the mid-19th century, the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
was called the "sick man" by Europeans. The suzerain states – the Principality of Serbia, Wallachia, Moldavia
Moldavia
and Montenegro
Montenegro
– moved towards de jure independence during the 1860s and 1870s. Decline and modernization (1828–1908) Main article: Decline of the Ottoman Empire During the Tanzimat
Tanzimat
period (1839–1876), the government's series of constitutional reforms led to a fairly modern conscripted army, banking system reforms, the decriminalization of homosexuality, the replacement of religious law with secular law[86] and guilds with modern factories. The Ottoman Ministry of Post was established in Istanbul
Istanbul
on 23 October 1840.[87][88] Samuel Morse
Samuel Morse
received a Turkish patent for the telegraph in 1847, which was issued by Sultan Abdülmecid who personally tested the new invention.[89] Following this successful test, work on the first Turkish telegraph line (Istanbul-Edirne-Şumnu)[90] began on 9 August 1847.[91] The reformist period peaked with the Constitution, called the Kanûn-u Esâsî. The empire's First Constitutional era was short-lived. The parliament survived for only two years before the sultan suspended it.

Romania, fighting on the Russian side, gained independence from the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
in 1878 after the end of Russo-Turkish War.

The Christian population of the empire, owing to their higher educational levels, started to pull ahead of the Muslim majority, leading to much resentment on the part of the latter.[92] In 1861, there were 571 primary and 94 secondary schools for Ottoman Christians with 140,000 pupils in total, a figure that vastly exceeded the number of Muslim children in school at the same time, who were further hindered by the amount of time spent learning Arabic
Arabic
and Islamic theology.[92] Stone further suggested that the Arabic
Arabic
alphabet, which Turkish was written in until 1928, was very ill-suited to reflect the sounds of the Turkish language
Turkish language
(which is a Turkic as opposed to Semitic language), which imposed a further difficulty on Turkish children.[92] In turn, the higher educational levels of the Christians allowed them to play a larger role in the economy, with the rise in prominence of groups such as the Sursock family
Sursock family
indicative of this shift in influence.[92] In 1911, of the 654 wholesale companies in Istanbul, 528 were owned by ethnic Greeks.[92] In many cases, Christians and also Jews were able to gain protection from European consuls and citizenship, meaning they were protected from Ottoman law and not subject to the same economic regulations as their Muslim comrades.[93]

The Bulgarian martyresses (1877) by Konstantin Makovsky, a Russian propaganda painting which depicts the rape of Bulgarian women by the bashi-bazouks during the April Uprising, with the purpose of mobilizing public support for the Russo-Turkish War (1877–78).[94][95] Unrestrained by the laws that governed regular soldiers in the Ottoman Army, the bashi-bazouks became notorious for preying on civilians.[96]

The Crimean War
Crimean War
(1853–1856) was part of a long-running contest between the major European powers for influence over territories of the declining Ottoman Empire. The financial burden of the war led the Ottoman state to issue foreign loans amounting to 5 million pounds sterling on 4 August 1854.[97][98] The war caused an exodus of the Crimean Tatars, about 200,000 of whom moved to the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
in continuing waves of emigration.[99] Toward the end of the Caucasian Wars, 90% of the Circassians
Circassians
were ethnically cleansed[100] and exiled from their homelands in the Caucasus
Caucasus
and fled to the Ottoman Empire,[101] resulting in the settlement of 500,000 to 700,000 Circassians
Circassians
in Turkey.[102][page needed][103][104] Some Circassian organisations give much higher numbers, totaling 1–1.5 million deported or killed. Crimean Tartar refugees in the late 19th century played an especially notable role in seeking to modernize Ottoman education and in first promoting both Pan-Turkicism and a sense of Turkish nationalism.[105] In this period, the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
spent only small amounts of public funds on education; for example in 1860–61 only 0.2 per cent of the total budget was invested in education.[106] As the Ottoman state attempted to modernize its infrastructure and army in response to threats from the outside, it also opened itself up to a different kind of threat: that of creditors. Indeed, as the historian Eugene Rogan has written, "the single greatest threat to the independence of the Middle East" in the nineteenth century "was not the armies of Europe but its banks."[107] The Ottoman state, which had begun taking on debt with the Crimean War, was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1875.[108] By 1881, the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
agreed to have its debt controlled by an institution known as the Ottoman Public Debt Administration, a council of European men with presidency alternating between France
France
and Britain. The body controlled swaths of the Ottoman economy, and used its position to ensure that European capital continued to penetrate the empire, often to the detriment of local Ottoman interests.[108] The Ottoman bashi-bazouks brutally suppressed the Bulgarian uprising of 1876, massacring up to 100,000 people in the process.[109] The Russo-Turkish War (1877–78)
Russo-Turkish War (1877–78)
ended with a decisive victory for Russia. As a result, Ottoman holdings in Europe
Europe
declined sharply; Bulgaria
Bulgaria
was established as an independent principality inside the Ottoman Empire, Romania
Romania
achieved full independence. Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro
Montenegro
finally gained complete independence, but with smaller territories. In 1878, Austria-Hungary
Austria-Hungary
unilaterally occupied the Ottoman provinces of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Novi Pazar. In return for British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli's advocacy for restoring the Ottoman territories on the Balkan Peninsula during the Congress of Berlin, Britain assumed the administration of Cyprus
Cyprus
in 1878,[110] and later sent troops to Egypt
Egypt
in 1882 to put down the Urabi Revolt
Urabi Revolt
as the Sultan Abdul Hamid II
Abdul Hamid II
was too paranoid to mobilize his own army, fearing this would result in a coup d'état, effectively gaining control in both territories. Abdul Hamid II, popularly known as "Abdul Hamid the Damned" on the account of his cruelty and paranoia was so fearful of the threat of a coup that he did not allow his army to conduct war games, lest this serve as the cover for a coup, but he did see the need for military mobilization. In 1883, a German military mission under General Baron Colmar von der Goltz arrived to train the Ottoman Army, leading to the so-called "Goltz generation" of German-trained officers who were to play a notable role in the politics of the last years of the empire.[111] From 1894 to 1896, between 100,000 and 300,000 Armenians living throughout the empire were killed in what became known as the Hamidian massacres.[112] As the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
gradually shrank in size, some 7–9 million Muslims from its former territories in the Caucasus, Crimea, Balkans, and the Mediterranean
Mediterranean
islands migrated to Anatolia
Anatolia
and Eastern Thrace.[113] After the Empire
Empire
lost the First Balkan War
First Balkan War
(1912–13), it lost all its Balkan territories except East Thrace
East Thrace
(European Turkey). This resulted in around 400,000 Muslims fleeing with the retreating Ottoman armies (with many dying from cholera brought by the soldiers), and with some 400,000 non-Muslims fleeing territory still under Ottoman rule.[114] Justin McCarthy estimates that during the period 1821 to 1922 several million Muslims died in the Balkans, with the expulsion of a similar number.[115][116][117]

Sultan Abdul Hamid II
Abdul Hamid II
going to the Friday Prayer (Friday Procession)

Opening ceremony of the First Ottoman Parliament
Ottoman Parliament
at the Dolmabahçe Palace in 1876. The First Constitutional Era
First Constitutional Era
lasted for only two years until 1878. The Ottoman Constitution and Parliament were restored 30 years later with the Young Turk Revolution
Young Turk Revolution
in 1908.

Turkish troops storming Fort Shefketil during the Crimean War
Crimean War
of 1853–1856

Belgrade, c. 1865. In 1867, Britain and France
France
forced the Ottoman military to retreat from northern Serbia, securing its de facto independence (formalized after the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–78 and the Congress of Berlin
Congress of Berlin
in 1878.)

Defeat and dissolution (1908–1922) Main articles: Defeat and dissolution of the Ottoman Empire
Defeat and dissolution of the Ottoman Empire
and History of the Ottoman Empire
History of the Ottoman Empire
during World War I

Declaration of the Young Turk Revolution
Young Turk Revolution
by the leaders of the Ottoman millets in 1908

Mehmed V
Mehmed V
proclaimed Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
after the Young Turk Revolution

The defeat and dissolution of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
(1908–1922) began with the Second Constitutional Era, a moment of hope and promise established with the Young Turk Revolution. It restored the Ottoman constitution of 1876 and brought in multi-party politics with a two-stage electoral system (electoral law) under the Ottoman parliament. The constitution offered hope by freeing the empire’s citizens to modernize the state’s institutions, rejuvenate its strength, and enable it to hold its own against outside powers. Its guarantee of liberties promised to dissolve inter-communal tensions and transform the empire into a more harmonious place.[118] Instead, this period became the story of the twilight struggle of the Empire. Young Turks
Young Turks
movement members once underground established their parties.[119] Among them “Committee of Union and Progress,” and “Freedom and Accord Party” were major parties. On the other end of the spectrum were ethnic parties which included Poale Zion, Al-Fatat, and Armenian national movement
Armenian national movement
organized under Armenian Revolutionary Federation. Profiting from the civil strife, Austria-Hungary officially annexed Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
in 1908. The last of the Ottoman censuses was performed in 1914. Despite military reforms which reconstituted the Ottoman Modern Army, the Empire
Empire
lost its North African territories and the Dodecanese in the Italo-Turkish War
Italo-Turkish War
(1911) and almost all of its European territories in the Balkan Wars (1912–1913). The Empire
Empire
faced continuous unrest in the years leading up to World War I, including the Ottoman countercoup of 1909, the 31 March Incident and two further coups in 1912 and 1913.

Mehmed VI, the last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, leaving the country after the abolition of the Ottoman sultanate, 17 November 1922

The history of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
during World War I
World War I
began with the Ottoman surprise attack on the Russian Black Sea coast on 29 October 1914. Following the attack, Russia and its allies, France
France
and Britain, declared war on the Ottomans. There were several important Ottoman victories in the early years of the war, such as the Battle of Gallipoli and the Siege of Kut.

The Armenian Genocide
Armenian Genocide
was the Ottoman government's systematic extermination of its Armenian subjects. An estimated 1.5 million people were killed.

In 1915 the Ottoman government started the extermination of its ethnic Armenian population, resulting in the death of approximately 1.5 million Armenians in the Armenian Genocide.[120] The genocide was carried out during and after World War I
World War I
and implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly and infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and systematic massacre.[121][122][123] Large-scale massacres were also committed against the Empire's Greek and Assyrian minorities as part of the same campaign of ethnic cleansing.[124] The Arab Revolt
Arab Revolt
which began in 1916 turned the tide against the Ottomans on the Middle Eastern front, where they initially seemed to have the upper hand during the first two years of the war. The Armistice of Mudros
Armistice of Mudros
was signed on 30 October 1918, and set the partition of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
under the terms of the Treaty of Sèvres. This treaty, as designed in the conference of London, allowed the Sultan to retain his position and title. The occupation of Constantinople
Constantinople
and İzmir
İzmir
led to the establishment of a Turkish national movement, which won the Turkish War of Independence (1919–22) under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal (later given the surname "Atatürk"). The sultanate was abolished on 1 November 1922, and the last sultan, Mehmed VI
Mehmed VI
(reigned 1918–22), left the country on 17 November 1922. The caliphate was abolished on 3 March 1924.[125] Historical debate on the origins and nature of the Ottoman state Main article: Gaza Thesis

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Several historians such as British historian Edward Gibbon
Edward Gibbon
and the Greek historian Dimitri Kitzikis have argued that after the fall of Constantinople, the Ottoman state took over the machinery of the Roman state, and that in essence the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
was a continuation of the Eastern Roman Empire
Empire
under a thin Turkish Islamic guise.[126] Kitzikis called the Ottoman state "a Greek-Turkish condominium".[127] The American historian Speros Vryonis wrote that the Ottoman state was centered on "a Byzantine-Balkan base with a veneer of the Turkish language and the Islamic religion".[127] Other historians have followed the lead of the Austrian historian Paul Wittek who emphasized the Islamic character of the Ottoman state, seeing the Ottoman state as a "Jihad state" dedicated to expanding the world of Islam.[127] Another group of historians led by the Turkish historian M. Fuat Koprulu championed the "gazi thesis" that saw the Ottoman state as a continuation of the way of life of the nomadic Turkic tribes who had come from East Asia to Anatolia
Anatolia
via Central Asia and the Middle East on a much larger scale, and argued that the most important cultural influences on the Ottoman state came from Persia.[127] More recently, the American historian Heath Lowry called the Ottoman state a "predatory confederacy" led in equal parts by Turks and Greeks converted to Islam.[127] The British historian Norman Stone suggested many continuities between the Eastern Roman and Ottoman empires such as the zeugarion tax of Byzantium becoming the Ottoman Resm-i çift tax, the pronoia land-holding system that linked the amount of land one owned with one's ability to raise cavalry becoming the Ottoman timar system, and the Ottoman measurement for land the donum was the same as the Byzantine stremma. Stone also pointed out that despite the fact that Sunni Islam
Sunni Islam
was the state religion, the Eastern Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church
was supported and controlled by the Ottoman state, and in return to accepting that control became the largest land-holder in the Ottoman Empire. Despite the similarities, Stone argued that a crucial difference was that the land grants under the timar system were not hereditary at first. Even after land grants under the timar system became inheritable, land ownings in the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
remained highly insecure, and the sultan could and did revoke land grants whenever he wished.[citation needed] Stone argued this insecurity in land tenure strongly discouraged Timariots from seeking long-term development of their land, and instead led the timariots to adopt a strategy of short term exploitation, which ultimately had deleterious effects on the Ottoman economy.[128] Government Main article: State organisation of the Ottoman Empire

Ambassadors at the Topkapı Palace

Before the reforms of the 19th and 20th centuries, the state organisation of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
was a system with two main dimensions, the military administration and the civil administration. The Sultan was the highest position in the system. The civil system was based on local administrative units based on the region's characteristics. The state had control over the clergy. Certain pre-Islamic Turkish traditions that had survived the adoption of administrative and legal practices from Islamic Iran
Iran
remained important in Ottoman administrative circles.[129] According to Ottoman understanding, the state's primary responsibility was to defend and extend the land of the Muslims and to ensure security and harmony within its borders in the overarching context of orthodox Islamic practice and dynastic sovereignty.[130] The Ottoman Empire, or as a dynastic institution, the House of Osman, was unprecedented and unequaled in the Islamic world for its size and duration.[131] In Europe, only the House of Habsburg
Habsburg
had a similarly unbroken line of sovereigns (kings/emperors) from the same family who ruled for so long, and during the same period, between the late 13th and early 20th centuries. The Ottoman dynasty
Ottoman dynasty
was Turkish in origin. On eleven occasions, the sultan was deposed (replaced by another sultan of the Ottoman dynasty, who were either the former sultan's brother, son or nephew) because he was perceived by his enemies as a threat to the state. There were only two attempts in Ottoman history to unseat the ruling Ottoman dynasty, both failures, which suggests a political system that for an extended period was able to manage its revolutions without unnecessary instability.[130] As such, the last Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI
Mehmed VI
(r. 1918–1922) was a direct patrilineal (male-line) descendant of the first Ottoman sultan Osman I
Osman I
(d. 1323/4), which was unparallelled in both Europe
Europe
(e.g. the male line of the House of Habsburg
Habsburg
became extinct in 1740) and in the Islamic world. The primary purpose of the Imperial Harem
Imperial Harem
was to ensure the birth of male heirs to the Ottoman throne and secure the continuation of the direct patrilineal (male-line) descendance of the Ottoman sultans.

Bâb-ı Âlî, the Sublime Porte

The highest position in Islam, caliphate, was claimed by the sultans starting with Murad I,[3] which was established as Ottoman Caliphate. The Ottoman sultan, pâdişâh or "lord of kings", served as the Empire's sole regent and was considered to be the embodiment of its government, though he did not always exercise complete control. The Imperial Harem
Imperial Harem
was one of the most important powers of the Ottoman court. It was ruled by the Valide Sultan. On occasion, the Valide Sultan would become involved in state politics. For a time, the women of the Harem
Harem
effectively controlled the state in what was termed the "Sultanate of Women". New sultans were always chosen from the sons of the previous sultan.[dubious – discuss] The strong educational system of the palace school was geared towards eliminating the unfit potential heirs, and establishing support among the ruling elite for a successor. The palace schools, which would also educate the future administrators of the state, were not a single track. First, the Madrasa
Madrasa
(Ottoman Turkish: Medrese‎) was designated for the Muslims, and educated scholars and state officials according to Islamic tradition. The financial burden of the Medrese was supported by vakifs, allowing children of poor families to move to higher social levels and income.[132] The second track was a free boarding school for the Christians, the Enderûn,[133] which recruited 3,000 students annually from Christian boys between eight and twenty years old from one in forty families among the communities settled in Rumelia
Rumelia
or the Balkans, a process known as Devshirme
Devshirme
(Devşirme).[134] Though the sultan was the supreme monarch, the sultan's political and executive authority was delegated. The politics of the state had a number of advisors and ministers gathered around a council known as Divan. The Divan, in the years when the Ottoman state was still a Beylik, was composed of the elders of the tribe. Its composition was later modified to include military officers and local elites (such as religious and political advisors). Later still, beginning in 1320, a Grand Vizier
Grand Vizier
was appointed to assume certain of the sultan's responsibilities. The Grand Vizier
Grand Vizier
had considerable independence from the sultan with almost unlimited powers of appointment, dismissal and supervision. Beginning with the late 16th century, sultans withdrew from politics and the Grand Vizier
Grand Vizier
became the de facto head of state.[135]

Yusuf Ziya Pasha, Ottoman ambassador to the United States, in Washington, 1913

Throughout Ottoman history, there were many instances in which local governors acted independently, and even in opposition to the ruler. After the Young Turk Revolution
Young Turk Revolution
of 1908, the Ottoman state became a constitutional monarchy. The sultan no longer had executive powers. A parliament was formed, with representatives chosen from the provinces. The representatives formed the Imperial Government of the Ottoman Empire. This eclectic administration was apparent even in the diplomatic correspondence of the Empire, which was initially undertaken in the Greek language
Greek language
to the west.[136] The Tughra
Tughra
were calligraphic monograms, or signatures, of the Ottoman Sultans, of which there were 35. Carved on the Sultan's seal, they bore the names of the Sultan and his father. The statement and prayer, "ever victorious," was also present in most. The earliest belonged to Orhan
Orhan
Gazi. The ornately stylized Tughra
Tughra
spawned a branch of Ottoman-Turkish calligraphy. Law Main article: Ottoman law The Ottoman legal system accepted the religious law over its subjects. At the same time the Qanun (or Kanun), a secular legal system, co-existed with religious law or Sharia.[137] The Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
was always organized around a system of local jurisprudence. Legal administration in the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
was part of a larger scheme of balancing central and local authority.[138] Ottoman power revolved crucially around the administration of the rights to land, which gave a space for the local authority to develop the needs of the local millet.[138] The jurisdictional complexity of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
was aimed to permit the integration of culturally and religiously different groups.[138] The Ottoman system had three court systems: one for Muslims, one for non-Muslims, involving appointed Jews and Christians ruling over their respective religious communities, and the "trade court". The entire system was regulated from above by means of the administrative Qanun, i.e. laws, a system based upon the Turkic Yassa and Töre, which were developed in the pre-Islamic era.[citation needed]

An Ottoman trial, 1877

These court categories were not, however, wholly exclusive: for instance, the Islamic courts, which were the Empire's primary courts, could also be used to settle a trade conflict or disputes between litigants of differing religions, and Jews and Christians often went to them to obtain a more forceful ruling on an issue. The Ottoman state tended not to interfere with non-Muslim religious law systems, despite legally having a voice to do so through local governors. The Islamic Sharia
Sharia
law system had been developed from a combination of the Qur'an; the Hadīth, or words of the prophet Muhammad; ijmā', or consensus of the members of the Muslim community; qiyas, a system of analogical reasoning from earlier precedents; and local customs. Both systems were taught at the Empire's law schools, which were in Istanbul
Istanbul
and Bursa.

An unhappy wife complains to the Qadi
Qadi
about her husband's impotence, Ottoman miniature.

The Ottoman Islamic legal system was set up differently from traditional European courts. Presiding over Islamic courts would be a Qadi, or judge. Since the closing of the ijtihad, or Gate of Interpretation, Qadis throughout the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
focused less on legal precedent, and more with local customs and traditions in the areas that they administered.[138] However, the Ottoman court system lacked an appellate structure, leading to jurisdictional case strategies where plaintiffs could take their disputes from one court system to another until they achieved a ruling that was in their favor. In the late 19th century, the Ottoman legal system saw substantial reform. This process of legal modernization began with the Edict of Gülhane of 1839.[139] These reforms included the "fair and public trial[s] of all accused regardless of religion," the creation of a system of "separate competences, religious and civil," and the validation of testimony on non-Muslims.[140] Specific land codes (1858), civil codes (1869–1876), and a code of civil procedure also were enacted.[140] These reforms were based heavily on French models, as indicated by the adoption of a three-tiered court system. Referred to as Nizamiye, this system was extended to the local magistrate level with the final promulgation of the Mecelle, a civil code that regulated marriage, divorce, alimony, will, and other matters of personal status.[140] In an attempt to clarify the division of judicial competences, an administrative council laid down that religious matters were to be handled by religious courts, and statute matters were to be handled by the Nizamiye courts.[140] Military Main article: Military of the Ottoman Empire

Ottoman sipahis in battle, holding the crescent banner (by Józef Brandt)

Ottoman officers in Istanbul, 1897

Selim III
Selim III
watching the parade of his new army, the Nizam-ı Cedid
Nizam-ı Cedid
(New Order) troops, in 1793

Ottoman pilots in early 1912

Ahmet Ali Celikten
Ahmet Ali Celikten
is amongst the first black military pilots in history, clearly showing military diversification in the Ottoman Empire.

The Ottoman Imperial Army in 1900

The first military unit of the Ottoman State was an army that was organized by Osman I
Osman I
from the tribesmen inhabiting the hills of western Anatolia
Anatolia
in the late 13th century. The military system became an intricate organization with the advance of the Empire. The Ottoman military was a complex system of recruiting and fief-holding. The main corps of the Ottoman Army
Ottoman Army
included Janissary, Sipahi, Akıncı and Mehterân. The Ottoman army was once among the most advanced fighting forces in the world, being one of the first to use muskets and cannons. The Ottoman Turks began using falconets, which were short but wide cannons, during the Siege of Constantinople. The Ottoman cavalry depended on high speed and mobility rather than heavy armour, using bows and short swords on fast Turkoman and Arabian horses (progenitors of the Thoroughbred racing horse),[141][142] and often applied tactics similar to those of the Mongol Empire, such as pretending to retreat while surrounding the enemy forces inside a crescent-shaped formation and then making the real attack. The Ottoman army continued to be an effective fighting force throughout the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries,[143] falling behind the empire's European rivals only during a long period of peace from 1740–1768.[15] The modernization of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
in the 19th century started with the military. In 1826 Sultan Mahmud II
Mahmud II
abolished the Janissary corps and established the modern Ottoman army. He named them as the Nizam-ı Cedid
Nizam-ı Cedid
(New Order). The Ottoman army was also the first institution to hire foreign experts and send its officers for training in western European countries. Consequently, the Young Turks
Young Turks
movement began when these relatively young and newly trained men returned with their education. The Ottoman Navy
Ottoman Navy
vastly contributed to the expansion of the Empire's territories on the European continent. It initiated the conquest of North Africa, with the addition of Algeria
Algeria
and Egypt
Egypt
to the Ottoman Empire
Empire
in 1517. Starting with the loss of Greece
Greece
in 1821 and Algeria in 1830, Ottoman naval power and control over the Empire's distant overseas territories began to decline. Sultan Abdülaziz
Abdülaziz
(reigned 1861–1876) attempted to reestablish a strong Ottoman navy, building the largest fleet after those of Britain and France. The shipyard at Barrow, England, built its first submarine in 1886 for the Ottoman Empire.[144]

A German postcard depicting the Ottoman Navy
Ottoman Navy
at the Golden Horn
Golden Horn
in the early stages of World War I. At top left is a portrait of Sultan Mehmed V.

However, the collapsing Ottoman economy could not sustain the fleet's strength for too long. Sultan Abdülhamid II
Abdülhamid II
distrusted the admirals who sided with the reformist Midhat Pasha, and claimed that the large and expensive fleet was of no use against the Russians during the Russo-Turkish War. He locked most of the fleet inside the Golden Horn, where the ships decayed for the next 30 years. Following the Young Turk Revolution in 1908, the Committee of Union and Progress
Committee of Union and Progress
sought to develop a strong Ottoman naval force. The Ottoman Navy
Ottoman Navy
Foundation was established in 1910 to buy new ships through public donations. The establishment of Ottoman military aviation dates back to between June 1909 and July 1911.[145][146] The Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
started preparing its first pilots and planes, and with the founding of the Aviation School (Tayyare Mektebi) in Yeşilköy
Yeşilköy
on 3 July 1912, the Empire
Empire
began to tutor its own flight officers. The founding of the Aviation School quickened advancement in the military aviation program, increased the number of enlisted persons within it, and gave the new pilots an active role in the Ottoman Army
Ottoman Army
and Navy. In May 1913 the world's first specialized Reconnaissance Training Program was started by the Aviation School and the first separate reconnaissance division was established.[citation needed] In June 1914 a new military academy, the Naval Aviation School (Bahriye Tayyare Mektebi) was founded. With the outbreak of World War I, the modernization process stopped abruptly. The Ottoman aviation squadrons fought on many fronts during World War I, from Galicia in the west to the Caucasus
Caucasus
in the east and Yemen
Yemen
in the south. Administrative divisions Main article: Administrative divisions of the Ottoman Empire

Eyalets in 1795

The Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
was first subdivided into provinces, in the sense of fixed territorial units with governors appointed by the sultan, in the late 14th century.[147] The Eyalet
Eyalet
(also Pashalik or Beylerbeylik) was the territory of office of a Beylerbey, and was further subdivided in Sanjaks.[148] The Vilayets
Vilayets
were introduced with the promulgation of the "Vilayet Law" (Turkish: Teskil-i Vilayet
Vilayet
Nizamnamesi)[149] in 1864, as part of the Tanzimat
Tanzimat
reforms.[150] Unlike the previous eyalet system, the 1864 law established a hierarchy of administrative units: the vilayet, liva/sanjak, kaza and village council, to which the 1871 Vilayet
Vilayet
Law added the nabiye.[151] Economy Main article: Economic history of the Ottoman Empire Ottoman government deliberately pursued a policy for the development of Bursa, Edirne, and Istanbul, successive Ottoman capitals, into major commercial and industrial centres, considering that merchants and artisans were indispensable in creating a new metropolis.[152] To this end, Mehmed and his successor Bayezid, also encouraged and welcomed migration of the Jews from different parts of Europe, who were settled in Istanbul
Istanbul
and other port cities like Salonica. In many places in Europe, Jews were suffering persecution at the hands of their Christian counterparts, such as in Spain
Spain
after the conclusion of Reconquista. The tolerance displayed by the Turks was welcomed by the immigrants.

A European bronze medal from the period of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror, 1481

The Ottoman economic mind was closely related to the basic concepts of state and society in the Middle East in which the ultimate goal of a state was consolidation and extension of the ruler's power, and the way to reach it was to get rich resources of revenues by making the productive classes prosperous.[153] The ultimate aim was to increase the state revenues without damaging the prosperity of subjects to prevent the emergence of social disorder and to keep the traditional organization of the society intact. The Ottoman economy greatly expanded during the Early Modern Period, with particularly high growth rates during first half of the eighteenth century. The empire's annual income quadrupled between 1523 and 1748, adjusted for inflation.[154] The organization of the treasury and chancery were developed under the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
more than any other Islamic government and, until the 17th century, they were the leading organization among all their contemporaries.[135] This organization developed a scribal bureaucracy (known as "men of the pen") as a distinct group, partly highly trained ulama, which developed into a professional body.[135] The effectiveness of this professional financial body stands behind the success of many great Ottoman statesmen.[155]

The Ottoman Bank
Ottoman Bank
was founded in 1856 in Istanbul; in August 1896, the bank was captured by members of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation.

Modern Ottoman studies indicate that the change in relations between the Ottoman Turks and central Europe
Europe
was caused by the opening of the new sea routes. It is possible to see the decline in the significance of the land routes to the East as Western Europe
Europe
opened the ocean routes that bypassed the Middle East and Mediterranean
Mediterranean
as parallel to the decline of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
itself.[156][not in citation given] The Anglo-Ottoman Treaty, also known as the Treaty of Balta Liman
Treaty of Balta Liman
that opened the Ottoman markets directly to English and French competitors, would be seen as one of the staging posts along this development. By developing commercial centres and routes, encouraging people to extend the area of cultivated land in the country and international trade through its dominions, the state performed basic economic functions in the Empire. But in all this the financial and political interests of the state were dominant. Within the social and political system they were living in, Ottoman administrators could not have seen the desirability of the dynamics and principles of the capitalist and mercantile economies developing in Western Europe.[157] In the early 19th century, Ottoman Egypt
Egypt
had an advanced economy, with a per-capita income comparable to that of leading Western European countries such as France, and higher than the overall average income of Europe
Europe
and Japan.[158] Economic historian Jean Barou estimated that, in terms of 1960 dollars, Egypt
Egypt
in 1800 had a per-capita income of $232 ($1,025 in 1990 dollars). In comparison, per-capita income in terms of 1960 dollars for France
France
in 1800 was $240 ($1,060 in 1990 dollars), for Eastern Europe
Europe
in 1800 was $177 ($782 in 1990 dollars), and for Japan
Japan
in 1800 was $180 ($795 in 1990 dollars).[159][160] Economic historian Paul Bairoch argues that free trade contributed to deindustrialization in the Ottoman Empire. In contrast to the protectionism of China, Japan, and Spain, the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
had a liberal trade policy, open to foreign imports. This has origins in capitulations of the Ottoman Empire, dating back to the first commercial treaties signed with France
France
in 1536 and taken further with capitulations in 1673 and 1740, which lowered duties to 3% for imports and exports. The liberal Ottoman policies were praised by British economists such as J. R. McCulloch
J. R. McCulloch
in his Dictionary of Commerce (1834), but later criticized by British politicians such as Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, who cited the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
as "an instance of the injury done by unrestrained competition" in the 1846 Corn Laws
Corn Laws
debate.[161]

There has been free trade in Turkey, and what has it produced? It has destroyed some of the finest manufactures of the world. As late as 1812 these manufactures existed; but they have been destroyed. That was the consequences of competition in Turkey, and its effects have been as pernicious as the effects of the contrary principle in Spain.

Demographics Main article: Demographics of the Ottoman Empire A population estimate for the empire of 11,692,480 for the 1520–1535 period was obtained by counting the households in Ottoman tithe registers, and multiplying this number by 5.[162] For unclear reasons, the population in the 18th century was lower than that in the 16th century.[163] An estimate of 7,230,660 for the first census held in 1831 is considered a serious undercount, as this census was meant only to register possible conscripts.[162]

Smyrna
Smyrna
under Ottoman rule in 1900

Censuses of Ottoman territories only began in the early 19th century. Figures from 1831 onwards are available as official census results, but the censuses did not cover the whole population. For example, the 1831 census only counted men and did not cover the whole empire.[62][162] For earlier periods estimates of size and distribution of the population are based on observed demographic patterns.[164] However, it began to rise to reach 25–32 million by 1800, with around 10 million in the European provinces (primarily the Balkans), 11 million in the Asiatic provinces and around 3 million in the African provinces. Population densities were higher in the European provinces, double those in Anatolia, which in turn were triple the population densities of Iraq
Iraq
and Syria
Syria
and five times the population density of Arabia.[165]

View of Galata
Galata
(Karaköy) and the Galata
Galata
Bridge on the Golden Horn, c. 1880–1893

Towards the end of the empire's existence life expectancy was 49 years, compared to the mid-twenties in Serbia
Serbia
at the beginning of the 19th century.[166] Epidemic diseases and famine caused major disruption and demographic changes. In 1785 around one sixth of the Egyptian population died from plague and Aleppo saw its population reduced by twenty percent in the 18th century. Six famines hit Egypt alone between 1687 and 1731 and the last famine to hit Anatolia
Anatolia
was four decades later.[167] The rise of port cities saw the clustering of populations caused by the development of steamships and railroads. Urbanization increased from 1700 to 1922, with towns and cities growing. Improvements in health and sanitation made them more attractive to live and work in. Port cities like Salonica, in Greece, saw its population rise from 55,000 in 1800 to 160,000 in 1912 and İzmir
İzmir
which had a population of 150,000 in 1800 grew to 300,000 by 1914.[168][169] Some regions conversely had population falls – Belgrade
Belgrade
saw its population drop from 25,000 to 8,000 mainly due to political strife.[168] Economic and political migrations made an impact across the empire. For example, the Russian and Austria- Habsburg
Habsburg
annexation of the Crimean and Balkan regions respectively saw large influxes of Muslim refugees – 200,000 Crimean Tartars fleeing to Dobruja.[170] Between 1783 and 1913, approximately 5–7 million refugees flooded into the Ottoman Empire, at least 3.8 million of whom were from Russia. Some migrations left indelible marks such as political tension between parts of the empire (e.g. Turkey
Turkey
and Bulgaria) whereas centrifugal effects were noticed in other territories, simpler demographics emerging from diverse populations. Economies were also impacted with the loss of artisans, merchants, manufacturers and agriculturists.[171] Since the 19th century, a large proportion of Muslim peoples from the Balkans
Balkans
emigrated to present-day Turkey. These people are called Muhacir.[172] By the time the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
came to an end in 1922, half of the urban population of Turkey
Turkey
was descended from Muslim refugees from Russia.[92] Language Main article: Languages of the Ottoman Empire

1911 Ottoman calendar in Ottoman Turkish, Arabic, Greek, Armenian, Hebrew, French and Bulgarian

Ottoman Turkish was the official language of the Empire. It was an Oghuz Turkic language highly influenced by Persian and Arabic. The Ottomans had several influential languages: Turkish, spoken by the majority of the people in Anatolia
Anatolia
and by the majority of Muslims of the Balkans
Balkans
except in Albania
Albania
and Bosnia; Persian, only spoken by the educated;[173] Arabic, spoken mainly in Arabia, North Africa, Iraq, Kuwait, the Levant
Levant
and parts of the Horn of Africa; and Somali throughout the Horn of Africa. In the last two centuries, usage of these became limited, though, and specific: Persian served mainly as a literary language for the educated,[173] while Arabic
Arabic
was used for religious rites. Turkish, in its Ottoman variation, was a language of military and administration since the nascent days of the Ottomans. The Ottoman constitution of 1876 did officially cement the official imperial status of Turkish.[174] Because of a low literacy rate among the public (about 2–3% until the early 19th century and just about 15% at the end of the 19th century), ordinary people had to hire scribes as "special request-writers" (arzuhâlcis) to be able to communicate with the government.[175][176] The ethnic groups continued to speak within their families and neighborhoods (mahalles) with their own languages (e.g., Jews, Greeks, Armenians, etc.). In villages where two or more populations lived together, the inhabitants would often speak each other's language. In cosmopolitan cities, people often spoke their family languages; many of those who were not ethnic Turks spoke Turkish as a second language. Religion

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Abdülmecid II
Abdülmecid II
was the last caliph of Islam and a member of the Ottoman dynasty.

In the Ottoman imperial system, even though there existed a hegemonic power of Muslim control over the non-Muslim populations, non-Muslim communities had been granted state recognition and protection in the Islamic tradition.[177] The officially accepted state Dīn
Dīn
(Madh'hab) of the Ottomans was Sunni
Sunni
( Hanafi
Hanafi
jurisprudence).[178] Until the second half of the 15th century the empire had a Christian majority, under the rule of a Muslim minority.[138] In the late 19th century, the non-Muslim population of the empire began to fall considerably, not only due to secession, but also because of migratory movements.[177] The proportion of Muslims amounted to 60% in the 1820s, gradually increasing to 69% in the 1870s and then to 76% in the 1890s.[177] By 1914, only 19.1% of the empire's population was non-Muslim, mostly made up of Jews and Christian Greeks, Assyrians, and Armenians.[177] Islam Main articles: Islam in the Ottoman Empire, Ottoman Caliphate, and Ottoman persecution of Alevis

Calligraphic
Calligraphic
writing on a fritware tile, depicting the names of God, Muhammad and the first caliphs, c. 1727[179]

Turkic peoples
Turkic peoples
practiced a variety of shamanism before adopting Islam. Abbasid
Abbasid
influence in Central Asia was ensured through a process that was greatly facilitated by the Muslim conquest of Transoxiana. Many of the various Turkic tribes—including the Oghuz Turks, who were the ancestors of both the Seljuks and the Ottomans—gradually converted to Islam, and brought the religion with them to Anatolia
Anatolia
beginning in the 11th century. Muslim sects regarded as heretical, such as the Druze, Ismailis, Alevis, and Alawites, ranked below Jews and Christians.[180] In 1514, Sultan Selim I
Selim I
ordered the massacre of 40,000 Anatolian Alevis (Qizilbash), whom he considered a fifth column for the rival Safavid empire. Selim was also responsible for an unprecedented and rapid expansion of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
into the Middle East, especially through his conquest of the entire Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt. With these conquests, Selim further solidified the Ottoman claim for being an Islamic caliphate, although Ottoman sultans had been claiming the title of caliph since the 14th century starting with Murad I
Murad I
(reigned 1362 to 1389).[3] The caliphate would remain held by Ottoman sultans for the rest of the office's duration, which ended with its abolition on 3 March 1924 by the Grand National Assembly of Turkey
Turkey
and the exile of the last caliph, Abdülmecid II, to France. Christianity
Christianity
and Judaism Main articles: Christianity in the Ottoman Empire
Christianity in the Ottoman Empire
and History of the Jews in the Ottoman Empire

Mehmed the Conqueror
Mehmed the Conqueror
and Patriarch Gennadius II

In the Ottoman Empire, in accordance with the Muslim dhimmi system, Christians were guaranteed limited freedoms (such as the right to worship). They were forbidden to carry weapons or ride on horseback, their houses could not overlook those of Muslims, in addition to various other legal limitations.[181] Many Christians and Jews voluntarily converted to secure full status in the society. Most, however, continued to practice their old religions without restriction.[182] Under the millet system, non-Muslim people were considered subjects of the Empire, but were not subject to the Muslim faith or Muslim law. The Orthodox millet, for instance, was still officially legally subject to Justinian's Code, which had been in effect in the Byzantine Empire
Empire
for 900 years. Also, as the largest group of non-Muslim subjects (or zimmi) of the Islamic Ottoman state, the Orthodox millet was granted a number of special privileges in the fields of politics and commerce, and had to pay higher taxes than Muslim subjects.[183][184] Similar millets were established for the Ottoman Jewish community, who were under the authority of the Haham Başı or Ottoman Chief rabbi; the Armenian Orthodox community, who were under the authority of a head bishop; and a number of other religious communities as well.[185] The millet system has been called an example of pre-modern religious pluralism.[186] Culture Main article: Culture of the Ottoman Empire

Depiction of a hookah shop in Lebanon, Ottoman Empire

The Ottomans absorbed some of the traditions, art and institutions of cultures in the regions they conquered, and added new dimensions to them. Numerous traditions and cultural traits of previous empires (in fields such as architecture, cuisine, music, leisure and government) were adopted by the Ottoman Turks, who elaborated them into new forms, resulting in a new and distinctively Ottoman cultural identity. Despite newer added amalgamations, the Ottoman dynasty, like their predecessors in the Sultanate of Rum
Sultanate of Rum
and the Seljuk Empire, were thoroughly Persianised in their culture, language, habits and customs, and therefore the empire has been described as a Persianate empire.[187][188][189][190] Intercultural marriages also played a part in creating the characteristic Ottoman elite culture. When compared to the Turkish folk culture, the influence of these new cultures in creating the culture of the Ottoman elite was clear.

Yeni Cami
Yeni Cami
and Eminönü
Eminönü
bazaar, Constantinople, c. 1895

Slavery was a part of Ottoman society,[191] with most slaves employed as domestic servants. Agricultural slavery, such as that which was widespread in the Americas, was relatively rare. Unlike systems of chattel slavery, slaves under Islamic law were not regarded as movable property, but maintained basic, though limited, rights. This gave them a degree of protection against abuse.[192] Female slaves were still sold in the Empire
Empire
as late as 1908.[193] During the 19th century the Empire
Empire
came under pressure from Western European countries to outlaw the practice. Policies developed by various Sultans throughout the 19th century attempted to curtail the slave trade but, since slavery did have centuries of religious backing and sanction, they never directly abolished the institution outright.[185] Plague remained a major scourge in Ottoman society until the second quarter of the 19th century. "Between 1701 and 1750, 37 larger and smaller plague epidemics were recorded in Istanbul, and 31 between 1751 and 1801."[194] Literature Main article: Ottoman literature The two primary streams of Ottoman written literature are poetry and prose. Poetry was by far the dominant stream. Until the 19th century, Ottoman prose did not contain any examples of fiction: there were no counterparts to, for instance, the European romance, short story, or novel. Analogue genres did exist, though, in both Turkish folk literature and in Divan
Divan
poetry. Ottoman Divan
Divan
poetry was a highly ritualized and symbolic art form. From the Persian poetry
Persian poetry
that largely inspired it, it inherited a wealth of symbols whose meanings and interrelationships—both of similitude (مراعات نظير mura'ât-i nazîr / تناسب tenâsüb) and opposition (تضاد tezâd) were more or less prescribed. Divan
Divan
poetry was composed through the constant juxtaposition of many such images within a strict metrical framework, thus allowing numerous potential meanings to emerge. The vast majority of Divan
Divan
poetry was lyric in nature: either gazels (which make up the greatest part of the repertoire of the tradition), or kasîdes. There were, however, other common genres, most particularly the mesnevî, a kind of verse romance and thus a variety of narrative poetry; the two most notable examples of this form are the Leyli and Majnun
Leyli and Majnun
of Fuzûlî
Fuzûlî
and the Hüsn ü Aşk
Hüsn ü Aşk
of Şeyh Gâlib.

Ahmet Nedîm Efendi, one of the most celebrated Ottoman poets

Until the 19th century, Ottoman prose did not develop to the extent that contemporary Divan
Divan
poetry did. A large part of the reason for this was that much prose was expected to adhere to the rules of sec (سجع, also transliterated as seci), or rhymed prose,[195] a type of writing descended from the Arabic
Arabic
saj' and which prescribed that between each adjective and noun in a string of words, such as a sentence, there must be a rhyme. Nevertheless, there was a tradition of prose in the literature of the time, though exclusively non-fictional in nature. One apparent exception was Muhayyelât ("Fancies") by Giritli Ali Aziz Efendi, a collection of stories of the fantastic written in 1796, though not published until 1867. The first novel published in the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
was by an Armenian named Vartan Pasha. Published in 1851, the novel was entitled The Story of Akabi (Turkish: Akabi Hikyayesi) and was written in Turkish but with Armenian script.[196][197][198][199] Due to historically close ties with France, French literature
French literature
came to constitute the major Western influence on Ottoman literature throughout the latter half of the 19th century. As a result, many of the same movements prevalent in France
France
during this period also had their Ottoman equivalents: in the developing Ottoman prose tradition, for instance, the influence of Romanticism
Romanticism
can be seen during the Tanzimat
Tanzimat
period, and that of the Realist and Naturalist movements in subsequent periods; in the poetic tradition, on the other hand, it was the influence of the Symbolist and Parnassian movements that became paramount. Many of the writers in the Tanzimat
Tanzimat
period wrote in several different genres simultaneously: for instance, the poet Namık Kemal
Namık Kemal
also wrote the important 1876 novel İntibâh ("Awakening"), while the journalist İbrahim Şinasi
İbrahim Şinasi
is noted for writing, in 1860, the first modern Turkish play, the one-act comedy "Şair Evlenmesi" ("The Poet's Marriage"). An earlier play, a farce entitled "Vakâyi'-i 'Acibe ve Havâdis-i Garibe-yi Kefşger Ahmed" ("The Strange Events and Bizarre Occurrences of the Cobbler Ahmed"), dates from the beginning of the 19th century, but there remains some doubt about its authenticity. In a similar vein, the novelist Ahmed Midhat Efendi
Ahmed Midhat Efendi
wrote important novels in each of the major movements: Romanticism
Romanticism
(Hasan Mellâh yâhud Sırr İçinde Esrâr, 1873; "Hasan the Sailor, or The Mystery Within the Mystery"), Realism (Henüz On Yedi Yaşında, 1881; "Just Seventeen Years Old"), and Naturalism (Müşâhedât, 1891; "Observations"). This diversity was, in part, due to the Tanzimat writers' wish to disseminate as much of the new literature as possible, in the hopes that it would contribute to a revitalization of Ottoman social structures.[200] Architecture Main article: Ottoman architecture

Photo of the main entrance of Dolmabahçe Palace
Dolmabahçe Palace
in 1862, taken by Francis Bedford

Ottoman architecture
Ottoman architecture
was influenced by Persian, Byzantine Greek and Islamic architectures. During the Rise period the early or first Ottoman architecture
Ottoman architecture
period, Ottoman art was in search of new ideas. The growth period of the Empire
Empire
become the classical period of architecture, when Ottoman art was at its most confident. During the years of the Stagnation period, Ottoman architecture
Ottoman architecture
moved away from this style, however.

Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge, completed in 1577 by Mimar Sinan, the greatest architect of the classical period of Ottoman architecture

During the Tulip Era, it was under the influence of the highly ornamented styles of Western Europe; Baroque, Rococo, Empire
Empire
and other styles intermingled. Concepts of Ottoman architecture
Ottoman architecture
concentrate mainly on the mosque. The mosque was integral to society, city planning and communal life. Besides the mosque, it is also possible to find good examples of Ottoman architecture
Ottoman architecture
in soup kitchens, theological schools, hospitals, Turkish baths and tombs. Examples of Ottoman architecture
Ottoman architecture
of the classical period, besides Istanbul
Istanbul
and Edirne, can also be seen in Egypt, Eritrea, Tunisia, Algiers, the Balkans
Balkans
and Romania, where mosques, bridges, fountains and schools were built. The art of Ottoman decoration developed with a multitude of influences due to the wide ethnic range of the Ottoman Empire. The greatest of the court artists enriched the Ottoman Empire with many pluralistic artistic influences, such as mixing traditional Byzantine art
Byzantine art
with elements of Chinese art.[201] Decorative arts

Ottoman miniature
Ottoman miniature
painters

The tradition of Ottoman miniatures, painted to illustrate manuscripts or used in dedicated albums, was heavily influenced by the Persian art form, though it also included elements of the Byzantine tradition of illumination and painting.[citation needed] A Greek academy of painters, the Nakkashane-i-Rum, was established in the Topkapi Palace in the 15th century, while early in the following century a similar Persian academy, the Nakkashane-i-Irani, was added. Ottoman illumination
Ottoman illumination
covers non-figurative painted or drawn decorative art in books or on sheets in muraqqa or albums, as opposed to the figurative images of the Ottoman miniature. It was a part of the Ottoman Book
Book
Arts together with the Ottoman miniature
Ottoman miniature
(taswir), calligraphy (hat), Islamic calligraphy, bookbinding (cilt) and paper marbling (ebru). In the Ottoman Empire, illuminated and illustrated manuscripts were commissioned by the Sultan or the administrators of the court. In Topkapi Palace, these manuscripts were created by the artists working in Nakkashane, the atelier of the miniature and illumination artists. Both religious and non-religious books could be illuminated. Also sheets for albums levha consisted of illuminated calligraphy (hat) of tughra, religious texts, verses from poems or proverbs, and purely decorative drawings. The art of carpet weaving was particularly significant in the Ottoman Empire, carpets having an immense importance both as decorative furnishings, rich in religious and other symbolism, and as a practical consideration, as it was customary to remove one's shoes in living quarters.[202] The weaving of such carpets originated in the nomadic cultures of central Asia (carpets being an easily transportable form of furnishing), and eventually spread to the settled societies of Anatolia. Turks used carpets, rugs and kilims not just on the floors of a room, but also as a hanging on walls and doorways, where they provided additional insulation. They were also commonly donated to mosques, which often amassed large collections of them.[203] Music and performing arts Ottoman classical music
Ottoman classical music
was an important part of the education of the Ottoman elite. A number of the Ottoman sultans were accomplished musicians and composers themselves, such as Selim III, whose compositions are often still performed today. Ottoman classical music arose largely from a confluence of Byzantine music, Armenian music, Arabic
Arabic
music, and Persian music. Compositionally, it is organised around rhythmic units called usul, which are somewhat similar to meter in Western music, and melodic units called makam, which bear some resemblance to Western musical modes. The instruments used are a mixture of Anatolian and Central Asian instruments (the saz, the bağlama, the kemence), other Middle Eastern instruments (the ud, the tanbur, the kanun, the ney), and—later in the tradition—Western instruments (the violin and the piano). Because of a geographic and cultural divide between the capital and other areas, two broadly distinct styles of music arose in the Ottoman Empire: Ottoman classical music, and folk music. In the provinces, several different kinds of folk music were created. The most dominant regions with their distinguished musical styles are: Balkan-Thracian Türküs, North-Eastern (Laz) Türküs, Aegean Türküs, Central Anatolian Türküs, Eastern Anatolian Türküs, and Caucasian Türküs. Some of the distinctive styles were: Janissary
Janissary
Music, Roma music, Belly dance, Turkish folk music. The traditional shadow play called Karagöz and Hacivat
Karagöz and Hacivat
was widespread throughout the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
and featured characters representing all of the major ethnic and social groups in that culture.[204][205] It was performed by a single puppet master, who voiced all of the characters, and accompanied by tambourine (def). Its origins are obscure, deriving perhaps from an older Egyptian tradition, or possibly from an Asian source.

Sultan Abdülaziz
Abdülaziz
was also a music composer.

Miniature from Surname-i Vehbi showing the Mehteran, the music band of the Janissaries

The shadow play Karagöz and Hacivat
Karagöz and Hacivat
was widespread throughout the Ottoman Empire.

Cuisine Main article: Ottoman cuisine

Enjoying coffee at the harem

Turkish women baking bread, 1790

Ottoman cuisine
Ottoman cuisine
refers to the cuisine of the capital, Istanbul, and the regional capital cities, where the melting pot of cultures created a common cuisine that most of the population regardless of ethnicity shared. This diverse cuisine was honed in the Imperial Palace's kitchens by chefs brought from certain parts of the Empire
Empire
to create and experiment with different ingredients. The creations of the Ottoman Palace's kitchens filtered to the population, for instance through Ramadan
Ramadan
events, and through the cooking at the Yalıs of the Pashas, and from there on spread to the rest of the population. Much of the cuisine of former Ottoman territories today is descended from a shared Ottoman cuisine, especially Turkish, and including Greek, Balkan, Armenian, and Middle Eastern cuisines.[206] Many common dishes in the region, descendants of the once-common Ottoman cuisine, include yogurt, döner kebab/gyro/shawarma, cacık/tzatziki, ayran, pita bread, feta cheese, baklava, lahmacun, moussaka, yuvarlak, köfte/keftés/kofta, börek/boureki, rakı/rakia/tsipouro/tsikoudia, meze, dolma, sarma, rice pilaf, Turkish coffee, sujuk, kashk, keşkek, manti, lavash, kanafeh, and more. Science and technology Main article: Science and technology in the Ottoman Empire

Ottoman Imperial Museum, today the Istanbul
Istanbul
Archaeology Museums

Over the course of Ottoman history, the Ottomans managed to build a large collection of libraries complete with translations of books from other cultures, as well as original manuscripts.[40] A great part of this desire for local and foreign manuscripts arose in the 15th century. Sultan Mehmet II
Mehmet II
ordered Georgios Amiroutzes, a Greek scholar from Trabzon, to translate and make available to Ottoman educational institutions the geography book of Ptolemy. Another example is Ali Qushji – an astronomer, mathematician and physicist originally from Samarkand
Samarkand
– who became a professor in two madrasas and influenced Ottoman circles as a result of his writings and the activities of his students, even though he only spent two or three years in Istanbul before his death.[207]

Istanbul
Istanbul
observatory of Taqi ad-Din in 1577

Taqi al-Din built the Istanbul
Istanbul
observatory of Taqi al-Din in 1577, where he carried out observations until 1580. He calculated the eccentricity of the Sun's orbit and the annual motion of the apogee.[208] However, the observatory's primary purpose was almost certainly astrological rather than astronomical, leading to its destruction in 1580 due to the rise of a clerical faction that opposed its use for that purpose.[209] He also experimented with steam power in Ottoman Egypt
Egypt
in 1551, when he invented a steam jack driven by a rudimentary steam turbine.[210] In 1660 the Ottoman scholar Ibrahim Efendi al-Zigetvari Tezkireci translated Noël Duret's French astronomical work (written in 1637) into Arabic.[211] Şerafeddin Sabuncuoğlu
Şerafeddin Sabuncuoğlu
was the author of the first surgical atlas and the last major medical encyclopedia from the Islamic world. Though his work was largely based on Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi's Al-Tasrif, Sabuncuoğlu introduced many innovations of his own. Female surgeons were also illustrated for the first time.[212] An example of a watch that measured time in minutes was created by an Ottoman watchmaker, Meshur Sheyh Dede, in 1702.[213] In the early 19th century, Egypt
Egypt
under Muhammad Ali began using steam engines for industrial manufacturing, with industries such as ironworks, textile manufacturing, paper mills and hulling mills moving towards steam power.[214] Economic historian Jean Batou argues that the necessary economic conditions existed in Egypt
Egypt
for the adoption of oil as a potential energy source for its steam engines later in the 19th century.[214] In the 19th century, Ishak Efendi is credited with introducing the then current Western scientific ideas and developments to the Ottoman and wider Muslim world, as well as the invention of a suitable Turkish and Arabic
Arabic
scientific terminology, through his translations of Western works. Sports

Ottoman wrestlers in the gardens of Topkapı Palace, in the 19th century

The main sports Ottomans were engaged in were Turkish wrestling, hunting, Turkish archery, horseback riding, equestrian javelin throw, arm wrestling, and swimming. European model sports clubs were formed with the spreading popularity of football matches in 19th century Constantinople. The leading clubs, according to timeline, were Beşiktaş Gymnastics Club (1903), Galatasaray Sports Club (1905), Fenerbahçe Sports Club (1907), MKE Ankaragücü
MKE Ankaragücü
(formerly Turan Sanatkaragücü) (1910) in Istanbul. Football
Football
clubs were formed in other provinces too, such as Karşıyaka Sports Club (1912), Altay Sports Club (1914) and Turkish Fatherland Football
Football
Club (later Ülküspor) (1914) of İzmir. See also

Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
portal Turkey
Turkey
portal Mediterranean
Mediterranean
portal

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Notes

^ The sultanate was abolished on 1 November 1922 and the Republic of Turkey
Turkey
was established on 29 October 1923. For further information, see Defeat and dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. ^ In Ottoman Turkish, the city was known by various names, among which were Kostantiniyye
Kostantiniyye
(قسطنطينيه‎) (replacing the suffix -polis with the Arabic
Arabic
nisba), Dersaadet
Dersaadet
(در سعادت‎) and Istanbul
Istanbul
(استانبول‎). Names other than Istanbul
Istanbul
gradually became obsolete in Turkish, and after Turkey's transition to Latin script in 1928, Istanbul
Istanbul
become widely accepted internationally. ^ Mehmed VI, the last Sultan, was expelled from Constantinople
Constantinople
on 17 November 1922. ^ The Treaty of Sèvres
Treaty of Sèvres
(10 August 1920) afforded a small existence to the Ottoman Empire. On 1 November 1922, the Grand National Assembly (GNAT) abolished the sultanate and declared that all the deeds of the Ottoman regime in Istanbul
Istanbul
were null and void as of 16 March 1920, the date of the occupation of Constantinople
Constantinople
under the terms of the Treaty of Sèvres. The international recognition of the GNAT and the Government of Ankara was achieved through the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne on 24 July 1923. The Grand National Assembly of Turkey promulgated the Republic on 29 October 1923, which ended the Ottoman Empire
Empire
in history. ^ Ottoman Turkish: دولت عليه عثمانیه‎, literally The Exalted Ottoman State; Modern Turkish: Osmanlı İmparatorluğu or Osmanlı Devleti ^ The empire also temporarily gained authority over distant overseas lands through declarations of allegiance to the Ottoman Sultan and Caliph, such as the declaration by the Sultan of Aceh in 1565, or through temporary acquisitions of islands such as Lanzarote
Lanzarote
in the Atlantic Ocean in 1585, Turkish Navy Official Website: "Atlantik'te Türk Denizciliği" ^ A lock-hold on trade between western Europe
Europe
and Asia is often cited as a primary motivation for Isabella I of Castile
Isabella I of Castile
to fund Christopher Columbus's westward journey to find a sailing route to Asia and, more generally, for European seafaring nations to explore alternative trade routes (e.g. K. D. Madan, Life and travels of Vasco Da Gama (1998), 9; I. Stavans, Imagining Columbus: the literary voyage (2001), 5; W.B. Wheeler and S. Becker, Discovering the American Past. A Look at the Evidence: to 1877 (2006), 105). This traditional viewpoint has been attacked as unfounded in an influential article by A.H. Lybyer ("The Ottoman Turks and the Routes of Oriental Trade", English Historical Review, 120 (1915), 577–588), who sees the rise of Ottoman power and the beginnings of Portuguese and Spanish explorations as unrelated events. His view has not been universally accepted (cf. K.M. Setton, The Papacy and the Levant
Levant
(1204–1571), Vol. 2: The Fifteenth Century (Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 127) (1978), 335).

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History of the Ottoman Empire
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Bursa
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is considered by some to be the first Ottoman novel.  ^ Pultar, Gönül (2013). Imagined identities : identity formation in the age of globalism (First ed.). [S.l.]: Syracuse University Press. p. 329. ISBN 0815633424. In fact, one of the first Turkish works of fiction in Western-type novel form, Akabi Hikayesi (Akabi's Story), was written in Turkish by Vartan Pasha
Vartan Pasha
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(New ed.). London: I.B. Tauris. p. 153. ISBN 1-85043-760-2.  ^ "Karagöz and Hacivat, a Turkish shadow play". All About Turkey. 20 November 2006. Retrieved 20 August 2012.  ^ Emin Şenyer. "Karagoz, Traditional Turkish Shadow Theatre". Karagoz.net. Retrieved 11 February 2013.  ^ Bert Fragner, "From the Caucasus
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The Cambridge History of Turkey

Volume 1: Kate Fleet ed., "Byzantium to Turkey
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1071–1453." Cambridge University Press, 2009. Volume 2: Suraiya N. Faroqhi and Kate Fleet eds., "The Ottoman Empire as a World Power, 1453–1603." Cambridge University Press, 2012. Volume 3: Suraiya N. Faroqhi ed., "The Later Ottoman Empire, 1603–1839." Cambridge University Pres, 2006. Volume 4: Reşat Kasaba ed., " Turkey
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in the Modern World." Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Finkel, Caroline (2005). Osman's Dream: The Story of the Ottoman Empire, 1300–1923. Basic Books. ISBN 978-0-465-02396-7.  Hathaway, Jane (2008). The Arab Lands under Ottoman Rule, 1516–1800. Pearson Education Ltd. ISBN 978-0-582-41899-8.  Howard, Douglas A. (2017). A History of the Ottoman Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-72730-3.  Imber, Colin (2009). The Ottoman Empire, 1300–1650: The Structure of Power (2 ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-57451-9.  İnalcık, Halil; Donald Quataert, eds. (1994). An Economic and Social History of the Ottoman Empire, 1300–1914. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-57456-0.  Two volumes. McCarthy, Justin. The Ottoman Turks: An Introductory History to 1923. 1997 Questia.com, online edition. Quataert, Donald. The Ottoman Empire, 1700–1922. 2005. ISBN 0-521-54782-2.

Early Ottomans

Kafadar, Cemal (1995). Between Two Worlds: The Construction of the Ottoman State. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-20600-7.  Lindner, Rudi P. (1983). Nomads and Ottomans in Medieval Anatolia. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-933070-12-8.  Lowry, Heath (2003). The Nature of the Early Ottoman State. Albany: SUNY Press. ISBN 0-7914-5636-6. 

Military

Ágoston, Gábor (2014). "Firearms and Military Adaptation: The Ottomans and the European Military Revolution, 1450–1800". Journal of World History. 25: 85–124.  Aksan, Virginia (2007). Ottoman Wars, 1700–1860: An Empire
Empire
Besieged. Pearson Education Limited. ISBN 978-0-582-30807-7.  Rhoads, Murphey (1999). Ottoman Warfare, 1500–1700. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 1-85728-389-9.  Soucek, Svat (2015). Ottoman Maritime Wars, 1416–1700. Istanbul: The Isis Press. ISBN 978-975-428-554-3. 

Miscellaneous

Baram, Uzi and Lynda Carroll, editors. A Historical Archaeology of the Ottoman Empire: Breaking New Ground (Plenum/Kluwer Academic Press, 2000) Barkey, Karen. Empire
Empire
of Difference: The Ottomans in Comparative Perspective. (2008) 357pp Amazon.com, excerpt and text search Davison, Roderic H. Reform in the Ottoman Empire, 1856–1876 (New York: Gordian Press, 1973) Deringil, Selim. The well-protected domains: ideology and the legitimation of power in the Ottoman Empire, 1876–1909 (London: IB Tauris, 1998) Findley, Carter V. Bureaucratic Reform in the Ottoman Empire: The Sublime Porte, 1789–1922 (Princeton University Press, 1980) Faroqhi, Suraiya. The Ottoman Empire: A Short History (2009) 196pp McMeekin, Sean. The Berlin- Baghdad
Baghdad
Express: The Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
and Germany's Bid for World Power (2010) Nicolle, David. Armies of the Ottoman Turks 1300–1774 (Osprey Publishing, 1983) Palmer, Alan. The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire. (New York: Barnes and Noble, 1992) 306 p., maps. ISBN 0-87131-754-0 Pamuk, Sevket. A Monetary History of the Ottoman Empire
History of the Ottoman Empire
(1999). pp. 276 Somel, Selcuk Aksin. Historical Dictionary of the Ottoman Empire (2003). pp. 399 Stone, Norman " Turkey
Turkey
in the Russian Mirror" pages 86–100 from Russia War, Peace and Diplomacy edited by Mark & Ljubica Erickson, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: London, 2004 ISBN 0-297-84913-1. Uyar, Mesut; Erickson, Edward (2009). A Military History of the Ottomans: From Osman to Atatürk. ISBN 978-0-275-98876-0. 

Historiography

Hartmann, Daniel Andreas. "Neo-Ottomanism: The Emergence and Utility of a New Narrative on Politics, Religion, Society, and History in Turkey" (PhD Dissertation, Central European University, 2013) online. Lieven, Dominic. Empire: The Russian empire and its rivals (Yale UP, 2002), comparisons with Russian, British, & Habsburg
Habsburg
empires. excerpt Mikhail, Alan; Philliou, Christine M. "The Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
and the Imperial Turn," Comparative Studies in Society & History (2012) 54#4 pp 721–745. Comparing the Ottomans to other empires opens new insights about the dynamics of imperial rule, periodization, and political transformation Olson, Robert, "Ottoman Empire" in Kelly Boyd, ed (1999). Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing vol 2. Taylor & Francis. pp. 892–6. ISBN 9781884964336. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) Quataert, Donald. "Ottoman History Writing and Changing Attitudes towards the Notion of 'Decline.'" History Compass 1 (2003): 1–9.

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