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Ottomans
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The Ottomans, sometimes called the Imperial House of Osman (the dynasty’s founder), were the rulers of the Ottoman Empire. In a broader sense, the term denotes the Muslim (and since around the mid-19th cent. officially even the non-Muslim) population of this last Islamic empire. It had arisen from the chaos surrounding the collapse of Mongol rule over the Seljuks, developing from an Anatolian principality into an immediate neighbor and rival of Byzantium, until finally, with the capture of Constantinople (III) in 1453, it became the imperial successor state…

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Ursinus, Michael, “Ottomans”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024287>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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