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The Ottoman Empire was created by a series of conquests carried out between the early fourteenth and late sixteenth centuries by ten successive capable rulers of the Ottoman Turkish dynasty.  

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Calling themselves Osmanlis, after tribal chieftain Osman I, the Ottomans were Turks from Central Asia.  They created a vast empire that encompassed southeastern Europe to northern Hungary, the Middle East to Iran, and most of the North African coast.  They rivaled European nations, established a formidable army, and had a religious diversity greater than that of previous Islamic empires.

DATE LAST EDITED:  07-2019