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2  Who were the Ottoman Turks?  Why were they important relative to the development of European and Asian worlds?


4  From first semester, what does Byzantium sound like?  Ghazis – warriors for Islam  Formed military societies under an emir  Emir – chief  Lived on the frontiers of the Byzantine Empire

5  Who were the ghazis?  What was the emir?

6  The most successful Emir was Osman or Othman  His followers were called Ottomans  Ottoman military success was largely based on the use of gunpowder

7  Declared himself Sultan  “Overlord” or “One with Power”  Muslims served in the military  Non-Muslims did not but had to pay a tax

8  What leader’s name gives itself to the Ottomans?  What does sultan mean?

9  Got nickname because he was injured by an arrow in the leg  Burned the city of Bagdad and crushed the Ottoman forces

10  Conquered Constantinople in 1451  Now the Ottoman Turks controlled the waterways between Europe and Asia  Used cannons  One was 26ft long and fired 1,200 pound boulders!





15  What did Tamerlane do?  Why was Constantinople an important location?

16  Mecca and Medina  Egypt  Syria and Persia

17  The Ottoman Empire peaked under Suleyman  Started to infringe upon Central Europe  Created a law code to handle both Civil and Criminal matters  What is the difference between Civil and Criminal law?


19  Devshirme  Under this system the Ottoman Turks captured young boys from conquered territories, converted them to Islam, trained them, then made them soldiers  Janissaries  Trained them to be loyal to the Sultan; heart of the Ottoman war machine

20  Slowly declined due to dynastic violence  Each new Sultan would have his brother strangled and kept his sons in prison  Produced a long line of weak sultans

21  What leader were the Ottoman Turks named for?  What was the greatest accomplishment of the Ottoman Turks? How did they do it?  Why was Suleyman important?

22 The Safavid Empire

23  Who were the Safavids?  What were the patterns of cultural blending and why were they important?

24  Shi’ite Muslim dynasty that ruled in Persia between the 16 th and 18 th Centuries  Do you remember the difference between Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims?  What the name of Persia now?  Culturally diverse empire

25  Prompted by one or more of the following:  Migration  Pursuit of religious freedom  Trade  Conquest

26  Language  Religion/ethics  Government  Racial/Ethnic blending  Arts/architecture

27  What branch of Islam were the Safavids?  What events/actions contribute to cultural blending?  What are the outcomes of cultural blending?

28  Isma’il conquers what is most of Iran/Persia  12 years old  To celebrate, he made himself the Shah = King  Brutal ruler – destroyed the Sunni population


30  Shah Abbas – Abbas the Great  Created a culture that blended Ottoman, Persian, and Arab worlds  Reformed government  Religious tolerance  Built new capital at Esfahan  Persian rugs became in high demand

31  Who started the Safavids?  What was the name of the territory?  What country is it today?  Name one contribution of Shah Abba?

32  Write down:  3 things you learned  2 things you want to learn more about  1 question you have

33  Essential Questions  Who were the Mughals?  What is their cultural legacy in India and the World?


35  By the 400’s, the Gupta Empire had crumbled  Then Muslim Turks and Afghans invaded  Descendents of Genghis Khan and Tamerlane  They called themselves Mughals (Means Mongols)

36  In 1494, an 11 year old boy inherited a Kingdom in Central Asia – His name was Babur  He invaded and swept down through India  He laid the foundations for the Mughal Empire


38  What does “Mughal” mean?  Who was the “first” Mughal?  What country?

39  Babur’s grandson was named Akbar  Military conqueror  Liberal ruler  Practiced religious tolerance  Married Hindu princesses  Blended cultures  Art and architecture flourished


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42  Built by Shah Jahan to honor his wife  The construction of this monument took a time period of 22 years. A workforce of 20,000 laborers was brought from here and there for building the Taj Mahal.  People say that Shah Jahan ordered that the hands of the craftsmen and architect be chopped off after building Taj Mahal, as he did not want them to build another grand monument as this one.

43  It is said that Shah Jahan had planned to build another Taj Mahal in black marble as his own tomb.  The Taj Mahal is considered to be the seventh wonder of the world.  The walls and dome of Taj Mahal were covered with semi precious stones and gems that were later plundered in successive wars.

44  Rulers drained Empire of resources  Central power weakened opening the door for European control

45  What were some of the characteristics of Akbar?  Who built the Taj Mahal?  Why?

46  Summaries in one word!

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