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An Introduction to Islam

This guide was created to offer some introductory materials about the Islam faith, Muslims, Islamic society, etc.

A Tughra, a Sultan's Seal

(This image is from the Tughra of Sultan Sulaiman the Magnificent from 16th century Istanbul, Turkey. Image source: Metropolitan Museum of Art via ARTstor)

Map of the Ottoman Empire

File:Ottoman empire.svg

André Koehne, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Lasting from the 13th century to the early 20th, the Ottoman empire was a significant military and political force. Famous for its patronage of art and architecture, and the millet system for organizing non-Muslim minority life, the military prowess of the janissaries, the breadth and efficiency of the Ottoman bureaucracy at its peak, is unparalleled.

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