What are the similarities and differences of the reigns of Suleyman the Magnificent, Akbar, Aurangzeb, Shah Ismail and Shah Abbas and what made each of them successful?
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The Ottoman Empire has reached its culmination under Suleiman the Magnificent. Ottomans became the most important naval force once the Suleiman received the naval fleet of the Mamluks of Egypt and captured the pirate fleet when attacking the Spanish army.
The ruler Shah Ismail founded the Safavid Empire. Shah Ismail somehow convinced the Safavids by his divine attributes, making them loyal to him. These attributes made Safavids to believe in the invincibility of Safavid army against the Ottoman army.
The Safavid Empire was renewed during the reign of Shah Abbas the Great who improved the institutions of empire and requested the European help against the attacks of Ottoman army.
The Mughal Empire of India knew it's peaceful period under Akbar's reign. He alleviated the tensions between Hindus and Muslims by adopting a policy of religious toleration. He motivated the development of a hybrid religion which he named the "divine faith" . This new religion considered the ruler as the axis of all religious, ethnic and social groups in India.
The ruler Aurangzeb, a devoted Muslim, was not a follower of the hybrid religion elaborated during Akbar's reign, destroying the Hindu temples and replacing them with Mosques. His attitude led to Hindus rebellions and indignation against him.
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