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Osman’s Dream: The Legacy of the Ottoman Empire

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The following excerpt is taken from “History of the Ottoman Turks: From the Beginning of their Empire to Present Time” by Edward S. Creasy pg. 4-5:

“Othman, or, according to the Oriental orthography, Osman, is regarded as the founder of the Ottoman Empire; and it is from him that the Turks, who inhabit it, call themselves Osmanlis, tho only national appellation which they recognize. Ertoghrul never professed to act save as the vassal and lieutenant of the Sultan of Iconuim. But Othman, after the death of the last Alaeddin in 1307, waged wars and accumulated dominions as an independent potentate. He had become chief of his race twelve years before on Ertoghrul’s death, in 1288. Othmman, at his succession, was twenty-four years of age, and was already of proved skill as a leader, and of tried prowess as a combatant. “

The following excerpt is taken from “Osman’s Dream: The Story of the Ottoman Empire 1300-1923” by pg. 31-32:

“The Early Ottomans, struggling to plant their authority, were less concerned with the date of the founding of their state than the vision that underpinned their right to rule. To them, empire began quite literally with a dream. One night, the first sultan, Osman, was sleeping in the house of a holy man called Edebali when:

He saw that a moon arose from the holy man’s breast and came to sink in his own breast. A tree then sprouted fro his navel and its shade compassed the world. Beneath this shade there were mountains, and streams flowed forth from the foot of each mountain. Some people drank from these running waters, others watered gardens, while yet others caused fountains to flow. When Osman awoke he told the story to the holy man, who said ‘Osman, my son, congratulations, for God has given the imperial office to you and your descendants and my daughter Malhun shall be your wife’.”

Furthermore, according to Edward Creasy,

“The Ottoman writers attach great importance to this dream of the founder of their empire. They dwell also on the prophetic significance of his name, signifying the resistless energy with which he and his descendants were to smite the nations of the earth. “Othman” means “Bone-breaker.” It is also a name given to a large species of vultures, commonly called the royal vulture, and which is, in the East, the emblem of sovereignty and warlike power, as the eagle is with the nations of the West.” (History of the Ottoman Turks: From the Beginning of their Empire to Present Time, pg. 7-8)


Edward S. Creasy, Edward. History of the Ottoman Turks: From the Beginning of their Empire to Present Time. (p. 4 -5, 7-8)

Finkel, Caroline. Osman’s Dream: The Story of the Ottoman Empire 1300-1923. (p. 31-32)

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