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The Ottoman Empire Culture

The Ottoman Empire had filled roughly the territories around the Meditteranian seaand Black sea while adopting the traditions, art and institutions of cultures in these regions and adding new dimensions to them. Many different cultures lived under the umbrella of the Ottoman Empire, and as a result, a specifically "Ottoman" culture can be difficult to define, except for those of the regional centers and capital. However, there was also a specific melding of cultures that can be said to have reached its highest levels among the Ottoman elite, who were composed of myriad ethnic and religious groups. This multicultural perspective of "millets" was reflected in the Ottoman State's multi-cultural and multi-religious policies.
As the Ottomans moved further west, the Ottoman leaders absorbed some of the culture of the conquered regions. Intercultural marriages also played their part in creating the characteristic Ottoman elite culture. When compared to the Turkish folk culture, the influence of these new cultures in creating the culture of the Ottoman elite was clear. Numerous traditions and cultural traits of previous empire were adopted by the Ottoman Turks, who elaborated them into new forms and blended them with the characteristics of the ethnic and religious groups living within the Ottoman territories, which resulted in a new and distinctively Ottoman cultural identity. Cultural life, Turkish ideology and the way of life developed in the Asian Turkish came under the influence of Islam. The reason for the Turks entering this quarter was for their rise and advancement in every aspect. On the one hand the continuation of the historical developement and on the other the philosophy and ideology of Islam became complete in the Turkish ideology.The change that would bring harmony to the basic rules of this primitive way of life in these societies occured with the highness of Islam." Serri" was formed anew on these ethics and basics. In spite of the languages and cultures of the arabs and persians being different the Turkish language was preserved. A movement was started by the Karamanoğlu's to keep the official language as Turkish and apart from some negative periods it continued. The turks who were top protectors of Islam provided leadership in the developement and modernization of Muslimism with their mysterious ideology and deeds. In the regions where the Anatolian Turkish societies were formed material and moral culture was strenghened in a continuous way.The empires that were formed became the highest and most advanced in the fields of modern politics, social justice, economics and espescially in science, teaching ,training and law. From the start of the Ottoman Empire it was the only representative of Turkish Islamic culture in the world of Islam until it was dissolved after a period of six hundred years. Protecting the qualities of a world state Turkish Islamic culture has strengthened cultural life, beliefs , justice, language, music, art, aesthetics, architecture, folklore, training and teaching, social relationships, and diplomacy. It has given countless examples to human history. It has provided enrichment to our existing culture.