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Unit 2: How Trade and Travel Changed the World

Lesson B: Life and Times in the Ottoman Empire

Lesson Overview

Map of the expansion of the Ottoman Empire Map of the expansion of the Ottoman Empire

Expansion of the Ottoman Empire [1]

The rise and fall of religiously-based empires was a consistent theme of the pre-modern common era. Following the era of the Caliphates, Islamic states rose in regional locations of the Middle East, India, China, and Africa. The culture and commerce of these empires reflected Muslim traditions in combination with other religions and cultures of Afro-Eurasia. The Ottoman Empire reached its height during the 15th and 16th centuries, spreading its control over the Middle East, southeast Europe, and North Africa.

Key Questions

  1. How and why did trade and interaction lead to changes in political, economic, and social systems?
  2. How did geography and location significantly impact events in history?
  3. What factors contributed to the establishment, expansion, and decline of empires?
  4. How can there be different explanations of the same event in history?

Student Outcomes

  1. Summarize the scholarly, artistic, and architectural achievements of the Ottoman Empire.
  2. Analyze the role of trade and location in the origin, organization, and administration of the Ottoman Empire.
  3. Analyze the impact of the growth of the Ottoman Empire on the various peoples of the empire, including how Muslim, Orthodox Christians, Catholics, and Jewish peoples interacted under Ottoman rule.
  4. Identify the author or source of a historical document and explain the literal meaning of the document. (Historical Thinking Skill)
  5. Analyze change or continuity in areas of the world over time based on text and non-text information. (Historical Thinking Skill)

Key Terms

Student Resources

Chart of Activities:

Activities to Complete Estimated Time
10 minutes
Key Terms
5 minutes
Activator: The World 1300-1550
5 minutes
Opening: Religion in Today's World
10 minutes
Activity 1: Mohammed to the Ottomans
20 minutes
Activity 2: Religious Conflicts of Yesterday and Today
15 minutes
Activity 3: Women of the Ottoman World
15 minutes
Activity 4: A Patchwork Ottoman World
15 minutes
Activity 5: The Ottoman Opportunity
10 minutes
Activity 6: The Ottoman Economy
10 minutes
Activity 7: Trade under the Ottomans
10 minutes
Review and Assessment
15 minutes
Lesson Summary
5 minutes

Lesson Completion Time

The total estimated time to complete this lesson is 145 minutes.


Page Notes:

[1] Source: This image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:OttomanEmpireIn1683.png is in the public domain.