Capture of Baghdad (1534)
|Battle of Baghdad (1534)|
|Part of Ottoman–Safavid War (1532–1555)|
Suleiman's conquests in the 1532–55 Ottoman-Safavid war gave him access to the Persian Gulf.
|Safavid Empire||Ottoman Empire|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Tekkelu Muhammad Sultan Khan (Safavid governor of Baghdad)||Suleiman the Magnificent|
|300 troops still loyal to the Safavids and the city commander||Deserted Safavid troops and army that Suleiman brought in winter to Baghdad|
The 1534 capture of Baghdad by Suleiman the Magnificent of the Ottoman Empire from the Safavid dynasty under Tahmasp I was part the Ottoman–Safavid War of 1532 to 1555, itself part a series of Ottoman–Persian Wars. The city was taken without resistance, the Safavid government having fled and leaving the city undefended. Baghdad's capture was a significant achievement given its mastery of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and their international and regional trade. It represented, along with the fall of Basra in 1546, a significant step towards eventual Ottoman victory and the procurement of the lower Mesopotamia, the mouths of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, opening a trading outlet into the Persian Gulf. The Ottomans wintered there until 1535, overseeing the reconstruction of Sunni and Shia religious shrines and agricultural irrigation projects. Suleiman returned to Constantinople, leaving a strong garrison force. Over the next few decades, the Ottomans solidified their control of the region, incorporating it into their empire until it was recaptured by the Persians in 1623.
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