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Printing presses in the Ottoman Empire

By |2018-04-25T23:04:51-07:00September 11th, 2017|Literature, West Asia|

Ibrahim Mutafferika's illustration of American bison (1728 AD) One of the great new inventions of Renaissance Europe was the printing press with movable type. But one of the great disadvantages of the Ottoman Empire was that they didn't start using printing presses. They didn't publish books, pamphlets, or newspapers until much later - [...]

Ottoman Empire Pashas – 1656-1700 AD

By |2018-04-25T23:04:50-07:00September 11th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Venice and the Ottoman Fleet in a naval battle (1661) Koprulu Mehmed Pasha only ruled for five years before he died, but in that time he rescued the Ottoman navy from the Venetians, and he won battles in the Balkans against Hungary that made the Ottoman Empire bigger. When he died in 1661, [...]

Noureddin and the Persian Woman

By |2017-07-25T22:00:10-07:00July 25th, 2017|Islam, Literature|

A pile of gold coins Here's another of the stories Sheherazade told the king: Once the sultan had two viziers, a good one (Khacan) and a bad one (Saouy). Naturally Saouy hated Khacan. One day the two viziers were talking with the sultan in the garden, and they began talking about slave girls. Saouy said that [...]

Medieval Islamic government

By |2017-07-23T17:38:00-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Africa, Government, Islam, West Asia|

The Umayyad caliph Muawiya From the beginning, the Islamic Empire was a monarchy like the Roman Empire or the Sassanian Empire before it. One man ruled the Islamic Empire.  In the beginning, people called this man a caliph (KAY-liff), and his assistant was a vizier (vizz-EER). Those were Arabic words for leaders and their assistants. Under them were governors for each province of [...]