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From the Ted Talk by Mostafa Minawi: The rise of the Ottoman Empire

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Open Cloze

By the time Mehmed II _________ Constantinople, the city was a shadow of its former _____. Under Ottoman rule, it flourished once again. On an average day in Istanbul, you could hear people ________ Greek, Turkish, Armenian, Persian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Albanian, and Serbian. Architects like the famous Sinan filled the city with splendid mosques and other buildings commissioned by the sultans. Through ________, the _________ brought commodities like coffee to Europe. They entered a golden age of ________ ______, territorial acquisition, art and architecture. They brought together ____________ from across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia to create a unique blend of ________ innovation. Iznik ________, for example, were made using techniques from China’s Ming dynasty, reimagined with _______ motifs.

Solution

  1. glory
  2. conquered
  3. otttomans
  4. istanbul
  5. cultural
  6. growth
  7. craftspeople
  8. ottoman
  9. ceramics
  10. economic
  11. speaking

Original Text

By the time Mehmed II conquered Constantinople, the city was a shadow of its former glory. Under Ottoman rule, it flourished once again. On an average day in Istanbul, you could hear people speaking Greek, Turkish, Armenian, Persian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Albanian, and Serbian. Architects like the famous Sinan filled the city with splendid mosques and other buildings commissioned by the sultans. Through Istanbul, the Otttomans brought commodities like coffee to Europe. They entered a golden age of economic growth, territorial acquisition, art and architecture. They brought together craftspeople from across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia to create a unique blend of cultural innovation. Iznik ceramics, for example, were made using techniques from China’s Ming dynasty, reimagined with Ottoman motifs.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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