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What were the similarities and differences in the decline of the Abbasid and Ottoman empires?


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November 07, 2007 7:24PM

Abbasids were arabs, the ottomans turks. Both Islamic societies depended on taxes collected by appointees. Nepotism and corruption kept the Caliph/Sultan from effective control of revenues, losing the ablity to fiance their armies.