Travel To Turkey

The Ottoman Empire

THE EARLY YEARS The Beylik Period, which began after Selçuk centralized power collapsed in 1335, featured fragmented politics and competing fiefdoms (beylik). In the free for all land grab that followed the disintegrating Sultanate of Rum, a minor chieftain named Osman claimed the northwest corner near’ Bursa in 1326 and expelled the Byzantines. Though the