Ghazi

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This is a picture of Osman Bey, our founder and chief.
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This is Osman Bey on his throne with some Ghazi warriors to protect him.
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This is the region, controlled by our Ottoman empire, where we reside.

Friends

Ottomans
Turkey (Turks)
Mongols
Greek
Byzantium
Romans
Osman Bey

Technology

The Ottomans set us up in volunteer infantries and light cavalry units, so we have some nice chariots and muskets and such. Our native horses help us in warfare as well. We usually outfit our enemies with our gunpowder weapons. However, since we get most of our technology with trade with Asia and Europe, we are no match to them though. It's tough because they keep making the technology faster than we can trade for it from them.
We commonly fought with bows and short swords, as did the Mongol Empire. We were at a point the most advanced cavalry in the world because we were one of the earliest civilizations with muskets. However, when we obtained German and British guns, as well as an air force and a modern navy, we became more advanced and fierce.


Culture

We're a strict, Islamic society in which Allah controls everything we do. We pray often and fight for Allah. Most of the time we are focused on economic expansion into Europe, but we do spend time to make our cities grow commercially. We highly value intellectuals, and thus, we have many libraries, schools, and mosques. We even teach kids at the mosque about the Quran and Allah. Because we were conquering the Greeks, Byzantium, and Anatolia, different cultures mixed into ours. When we got into Anatolia, Persian elements influenced us, especially the carpet making. With Sultan Mehmen II's seize of Constantinople, the Roman and Greek culture began to blend into ours.
The term "ghazi" means Muslim religious warriors. This is the respectful title we gave to our rulers.
Jihad is an important goal in our lives because we want to fight for Allah and rid the earth of the belief of polytheism.
We write in a cursive, Arabic script called Diwani.
We are also popularly known for our carpet weaving skills, in which we made beautiful and elaborate carpets for the ghazi as well as to trade or sell.
Believe it or not, even dancing was an important part of our society. The females became belly dancers, but even men danced at special occasions.
One of our favorite pastimes is storytelling. Our term for a storyteller is "meddah."
Our architecture mainly reflected our love for Allah, but if it was religious then it served intellectual purposes.
Our clothing was made out of cotton or silk, because those were the fabrics we could easily trade for. We also grew some of our own cotton.


Religion

We are very firm believers of Islam, especially because some of us are religious warriors. We believe that we are Allah's instrument and servants of God who were sent to earth to purify it from polytheistic beliefs. Allah protects us and if we die trying to convert the polytheists, we will live eternally and blissfully alongside of Allah. We are, however, tolerant towards Christians and Jews since they are also monotheists.The Sharia law allows for this but forced conversion of religion is not encouraged by the Sharia.

Blog

April 5th, 1317 (Blog 1) - Today, along with a bunch of other Ghazi, I joined up with the Ottoman empire as a janissary! I just recently converted to Islam for the occasion, for I have been trading with Muslim merchants for a while and they have convinced me that their way is the way to be. Currently, we're stationed in Edirne and we're supposed to be setting up some frontier districts. This empire seems really focused on expanding the boundaries of the empire. Good thing they gave me a musket to protect myself and fight with!

May 7th, 1326 (Blog 2)- This boundary expanding thing is really successful! With all of the richs we've taken and all of the money we've gotten, all of us Ghazis have become much more powerful and influential. We just captured the Anatolian city of Bursa! Because of our hard work, the Ottoman empire has set up their capital at Bursa and is developing it nicely into an intellectual center. The empire is building a lot of architecture, such as inns, shops, schools, libraries, and mosques.

March 10th, 1327 (Blog 3) - Today I just found out that I'm being put into a light cavalry unit to fight for the Ottoman empire! Nice! I love our native horses. I've heard that they also have an infantry division, but I'd much rather ride a horse into battle than run. Apparently they're planning on making a new cavalry division with heavy armor, which will be intense. The janissaries are already working hard and using their military knowledge to develop new technologies. Our short swords won't be able to hold up for long, but we're converting to the use of guns as we trade for more weapons from Europe.


The Wall

You are such awful peoples! How can you just barge in to our country?! We think that the battle of Mohacs in 1526 was UNFAIR and we demand restitution!! We miss our beloved king, Louis II, that you killed in that battle! - Hungarians

We think we deserve some act of gratitude from you because you guys just took over our navy from our Mamluk rulers. And, after all, we do share the same religion. We don't think it's fair that under Suleyman, you occupied our land.. and now we are being absorbed into your empire! Do something to help our civilization for a change! - Egyptians

Way to completely steal our land... and our culture! I know the capture of Constantinople was important to your expansion and economic wealth, but it destroyed our society! Now we are forced to join your empire and peoples! - Byzantium

We represent much of your army because we are soldiers! Also, we will continue being loyal to the sultan, as this has become our reputation. We are ready to employ new military knowledge to create more advanced technology for the Ottoman Empire and the ghazis. - Janissaries

Even though you captured many of us Christians from the Balkans, we appreciate the fact that you allow us to continue our faith in Christianity. We understand that you are a strict, Islamic society, and we are happy that the Sharia Law allows for other monotheistic faiths to continue their beliefs. - Christianity




Sources:

Bentley, Jerry H., and Herbert F. Ziegler. Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. 3rd ed. New York City, New York: McGraw-Hill, 2006.

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(image of Osman Bey)

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(Image of Osman Bey with other ghazi)

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(Image of Ottoman Empire)

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