Religious Diversity in the Ottoman Empire

Subject: Social Studies

Lesson Length: 60 - 65 mins

Topic: Empires and Diverse Peoples

Grade Level: 7

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will understand how the Ottoman Empire (1299-1922) maintained control over a religiously diverse group of peoples.

Know Before You Start: Students should have an understanding of the location of the Ottoman Empire, its growth over time, and types of peoples they conquered as they grew their empire.

Hook: Read and discuss the sample comic focusing on how religion plays a role in every society and how it has been the root of conflicts.


  • Have students research how the Ottoman Empire treated those who did not practice their religion. 

  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a two-to-three-panel comic illustrating how the Ottomans maintained control over large groups of diverse peoples. The comic should focus on one method of control used.

Closure: Students will discuss their findings in small groups or with the whole class.


  • Assign a specific topic/aspect of the Ottoman Empire’s laws/strategies for keeping diverse groups under control.

  • Students could research the rules/laws created by different Sultans.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

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