Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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Introduction: Christians, Muslims and empires in the 16th century
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In the 16th century, the Ottoman Empire was at the peak of its power. It had usurped vast territories in central and eastern Europe, conquered large parts of the Middle East and North Africa and consolidated its power around the Black Sea, thus keeping the Persian Safavid dynasty at bay. At sea, due to their rapidly-increasing naval versatility, the Ottomans successfully contested Venice for its strongholds in the Aegean Sea during the Ottoman-Venetian wars and extended their control o…

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Frederiks, Martha, “Introduction: Christians, Muslims and empires in the 16th century”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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