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War, Peace, and Prosperity in the Name of GodThe Ottoman Role in Europe's Socioeconomic Evolution$
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Murat Iyigun

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226388434

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226232287.001.0001

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The “Dark Side” Rises

The “Dark Side” Rises

(p.73) Five The “Dark Side” Rises
War, Peace, and Prosperity in the Name of God

Murat Iyigun

University of Chicago Press

The rivalry between the Ottoman Turks and the European secular and ecclesiastical authorities during the 15th and 16th centuries represents an epitome of power conflicts with strong religious undertones. In no small part due to that religious and geopolitical rivalry, did the Ottoman Empire have a profound and lasting impact in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, especially during the apogee of its power between the 15th and 17th centuries. Chapter 5 reviews the rise of the Ottoman Empire in the 14th century and documents the extent to which it became a serious threat to Europe. It shows that not only did differences of faith have a lot to do with how Ottomans and Europeans viewed each other. But also that this had a manifestation in the main imperial objectives of the early Ottoman rulers and that it had its earlier precursors in the Holy Crusades Europeans organized against the Muslims between the 11th and 13th centuries.

Keywords:   The Ottomans, The Gaza Ideology, European conquests, The Golden Era

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