Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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Introduction: Christians, Muslims and empires in the 16th century
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The fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453 had far-reaching consequences that not only stretched through the rest of the 15th century but also reverberated through the greater part of the 16th century, too. With their power consolidated on the European side of the Bosporus, the Ottomans quickly extended their territory through south-eastern and central Europe, and threatened regions much further west. Their defeat of the Mamluks in 1517 brought the heartlands of Islam under their rule and opened up routes to the In…

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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 15 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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