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  • The Ottomans were generally tolerant of non-muslims, and even treated those of the christian faith well.
  • It was this sense of 'light ruling' that allowed the Ottomans to go and conquer more land.
  • They obtained Hungary and Austria by force under the rule Suleyman I.
  • The Ottoman Empire was known as the 'gunpowder empire' for a period of time because much of their success was due to the use of new weapons, or firearms.
  • The Ottomans eventually controlled most of the Middle East, Southeastern Europe, and Northern Africa.
  • To the European rulers, the rise of the Ottoman Empire signified the triumph of strange and terrifying barbarians.
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