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It is the external effect of Islam on the Imperialist Ottoman which is most evident. In the first place it was a and of law. Beautiful part of the machinery of state with vocal mosques, rituals, religious ceremonies and with connected personal life, are music, public externals it these found in abundance. Apart from to say how much spiritual thought and Islam emotion gave to the Imperialist Ottomans, and how much the Ottoman was altered in adopting Islam. That externally it made him a gentleman is true.

To them the Turkish element which Turkey Faces West 30 had come with them, or had been in the country before them, was merely a part of the human mateno more rial of the state. A common Turk meant Greek. Further the Imperialist Ottoan insulting tone toward the almost mans adopted Turks. "Turks," especially toward the Anatolian "Eshek tfurk" donkey Turk), "Kaba tfurk" than a common (the two of the epithets which (the rough Turk), were they used for the Anatolian peasantry. The intermarriage of the Imperialist Ottomans may have been with or without a specific reason, but the adoption of Near Eastern civilization and culture was for a purpose: It was a conscious act or series of acts intended to create a purely Near East- ern state.

When their replaced the Cross the palaces and private mansions entered chieftains feudal of the Byzantine Greeks, the simplicity and severity of became exposed to an infection it could not their society After but two centuries the Ottoman society was no longer Turkish. resist. . once. The Turkish ladies adopted process began at The Hareem the diaphanous Yashmak or veil. the of model exact Gynaecea of the reorganized on the the Janissaries and . The Helen. Seraglio The ... was . Empress had grown very .

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