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andrewmezzo | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 2, 2012 at 2:26 AM via web

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What are the differences between the Ottoman and Safavid empires in terms of government and religion?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 2, 2012 at 2:44 AM (Answer #1)

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Religiously, there were at least two major differences between the Ottomans and the Safavids.  First, the Ottomans were Sunni Muslims while the Safavids were Shi'ite.  The Safavids were anti-Sunni to the extent that they would at times massacre Sunnis (as they did in Baghdad) when they conquered a Sunni area.  Second, the Safavids were less tolerant of non-Muslims in their empire than the Ottomans were.  They preferred to use Shi'ism as a unifying force in their empire.

Governmentally, the main difference was that the Safavids were a bit more centralized than the Ottomans.  Safavid shahs kept power more closely to themselves than Ottoman sultans did.

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