The Rise of the Ottoman Empire

I’ve posted here an episode from a PBS documentary, Islam: Empire of Faith (2000).  This episode is about the rise of the Ottoman Empire.  We will watch the beginning in class. You are encouraged to watch the rest on your own.

Consider the following questions?

  • Who were the Ottoman’s rivals? How did they rule their conquered lands?
  • What was “devsirme?” Why were they important to the Ottomans?
  • What was the Janissary?
  • Why was the conquest of Constantinople so important to the Ottomans?

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