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Open map of OmanOttoman Empire /
Demography and Culture

1. Organization
2. Rulers
3. Demography and Culture
4. Rise and Fall: Explanations
5. History

Due to its great extent, the Ottoman Empire consisted of numerous peoples, of which Turks represented just one of several larger minorities. In general, the peoples of a region were left to their own devices, and the empire imposed little in terms of language and culture. The only exception was the conscription for the kapikulli.
Estimates for urban dwellers are as low as 15% of the total population. Of the majority living in the countryside, a substantial part were nomads and semi-nomads.

By Tore Kjeilen