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Unit 2: How Trade and Travel Changed the World

Lesson B: Life and Times in the Ottoman Empire

Activity 2: Religious Conflicts of Yesterday and Today

You discussed the religious causes of present day conflicts. Many of these conflicts are similar to issues in Ottoman society.

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Classroom Activity - Religious Conflict in the Ottoman Empire

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Directions: Read each of the newspaper headlines below, and the prepare a response to the discussion questions. Follow your teacher's directions to participate in your class discussion.

  • What was a cause of religious conflict in the Ottoman Empire?
  • How was the Ottoman government involved in religious conflict?
  • Why may it have been difficult to solve these problems?


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Ottomans battle Christians in lands of the Middle East Young Christian men inducted into Janissary Corps

Ottomans conquer people with different languages and customs Ottomans expand into North Africa and other non-Muslim areas


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Written Activity - Notebook

Respond to the following question in your notebook:

  • What challenges existed for non-Muslims living in the Ottoman Empire?