Europeans Claim Muslim Lands

The declining of the Ottoman Empire had problems competing in the “modern world.” Geopolitics was an important role “in the fate of the Ottoman Empire.” World powers were interesting in their location. They controlled the Mediterranean and Atlantic sea trade. Russia for example started to formed alliances with the Ottoman’s enemies because they wanted a way for its grain exports.

Muslim leaders decided to adjust to the modern world, Egypt started political and social reforms, to block European domination of its land. Egypt’s location was valuable to France and Britain. Muhammad Ali was Egypt leader, to modernized Egypt he started to make military and economically reforms.

by kimberly dominguez

The Ottoman Empire started to face governmental issues. After 1566, many sultans were in power making power weaken. Corruptions and thieves caused inflation. In 1789, Selim III tried to improve the army, but the older janissary resisted his efforts, getting him overthrown. Many european countries started to get ways to take control over their strategic area.

Many european powers were attracted to their land, since it was a very good trading route that went through the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. Discovery of oil made them even more anxious to get the ottoman land. Each russian czars launched a war with the ottomans to try to gain land. In 1853, war broke out. Britain and france joined in the ottoman´s side to prevent the russians to gain land defeating Russia.
By: Kenny Fung

While the Ottoman Empire was slowly declining, Muslim leaders started their military, political and social reforms in part to block European domination. After battling with Napoleon's loss against France a new leader was emerged: Muhammad Ali. The Ottomans saw him as a threatening character and sent him out to govern Egypt, but he soon ditched the Ottomans and led his own Military and Political reforms in Egypt without any assistance. One of Muhammad Ali's efforts to modernize Egypt were passed on to one of his Grandson's ''Isma'il'' who built the Suez Canal also viewed as the ''Lifeline of the Empire'' because it allowed Britains quicker access to its colonies in Asia and Africa. The Suez Canal was located in the Isthumus of Suez, it connected the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. The canal was opened in 1869.
-Jose McKinney

Europeans were interested in conquering the muslim lands next to Egypt because in that way they could control all the trading between the mediterranean sea and the red sea. The british were the first to establish colonies in Egypt and controlled the canal for more than 150 years.
By: Eduardo De Los Santos

This section is mainly about a declining Ottoman Empire who is trying to catch up with the modern world. Now, its strategic location played a key role in the fate of the Ottoman Empire. World powers were attracted to its location. The desire of this precious lands is why the Crimean War broke out or the war between The Russian and the Ottomans. England and France wanted to prevent Russian from gaining control over Ottoman lands, so they enter the war. The Crimean War revealed the Ottoman Empire´s military weakness.

Other Muslims leaders saw modernization as a barrier to Europeans domination. Isma´il, Muhammad son, initiated political and social reforms to modernize Egypt. He supported the construction of the Suez Canal, irrigation projects and communication networks. The enormously expensive reforms let to a British occupation because they were unable to pay its Europeans bankers even the interes on its $450 million debt.
Vicente Gomez__


Europeans seeked to contorl land where the ottoman empire was located. Strategic points, war type or even trading posts were enriched by the conection The ottoman Empire held with its location. The europeans started an indirect struggle. Russia wanted that land, England and France wanted the land, Britain wanted to mantain Russia far from getting it.

Poor economical and financial leaders lead to people like Isma'il Muhammad son to start reforms on egypt trying to become pair with the world without being concious of the consecuence of not beeing able to pay. This lead to a British occupation.

By: Ricardo Baio

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