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Episode 2

Rageh Omaar explores the contrasts between two very different Ottoman sultans, Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century and the reign of Abdul Hamid II in the 19th century.

Continuing his fascinating journey to rediscover the central role played by the Ottoman empire in Europe and the Middle East, Rageh Omaar explores the huge contrasts in the times of two very different Ottoman sultans. The famed Suleiman the Magnificent in the golden age of the 16th century and the troubled reign of Abdul Hamid II in the 19th century, when the Ottomans were dubbed 'the Sick Man of Europe'.

To find out what a Muslim world run from Europe was really like, Rageh examines the cultural legacy of the empire, as well as the physical, religious and political architecture of Ottoman rule. It reveals the backdrop to the relationship between Islam and Europe today, how the Ottomans became central in the power politics of the continent and what could have happened had they succeeded in their successive bids to seize Vienna, then a key European capital.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 23 Jul 2019 00:00

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Rageh Omaar
Director Faris Kermani
Producer Faris Kermani
Executive Producer Mike Smith

Broadcasts

  • Sun 13 Oct 2013 21:00
  • Sun 13 Oct 2013 23:25
  • Mon 14 Oct 2013 23:20
  • Thu 31 Oct 2013 09:05
  • Mon 23 Apr 2018 22:00
  • Tue 23 Jul 2019 00:00