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There were many great and prosperous empires in the Middle East and the Ottoman and Safavid Empires were two of them The Safavid Empire was where modern Persia is located and existed between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries The Ottoman Empire took over the Byzantine Empire and all of its land and they had a lasting influence on the world until the twentieth century Although both the Ottomans and the Safavids had multiple weak leaders the Safavids strictly enforced their Muslim religion throughout their empire but the Ottomans controlled a larger abundant empire A strong leader is the key to any successful empire and neither the Ottomans nor the Safavids had many Both the Ottomans and the Safavids were lead by a few good leaders but then their luck ran out The Ottomans started out with several strong leaders including Suleyman the Magnificent He made the mistake of killing and exiling his first two strongest sons leaving his weakest son to rule the huge Ottoman Empire This first mistake led to many more and as each new leader came in they seemed to be even worse than the last one The Safavids also committed this same error Shah Abbas a great Safavid leader killed and blinded his best sons leaving the weakest to lead the empire These faults the great leaders of the Ottoman and Safavid Empires made caused their empires to crumble into pieces The Ottomans were Sunni Muslims but the Safavids were the much stricter Shia Muslims The Safavids were Shia Muslims and had no religious tolerance They killed anyone who did not convert to their religion or anyone who was a Sunni Muslim In contrast the Ottomans were very tolerant of other religions so if you were not a Sunni Muslim you only had to pay a tax The Safavids and Ottomans were rivals because of this difference in their religion and they were constantly having conflicts with each other A
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