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Muslim Empires of the Early Modern Period

Prof. Kate Burlingham
Main Themes:
How the Muslim Empires of Eurasia connected (or isolated) to the
larger changes taking place in the rest of the world at the time.
How the history of these empires continues to influence politics in the
region today.
Understanding the relationship between the Muslim empires and
Christian empires to the north and east.
Key Terms:
Mongol Empire
Ottoman Empire
Safavid Empire
Mughal Empire
Sunni Islam
Shia Islam
Suleiman the Magnificent
Questions to Consider:
What is the difference between Shiite and Sunni Islam?
Why is the difference important in the context of the Early Modern
Islamic Empires?

What role does religion play in politics within the Islamic empires and
between them and European states?