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Murad II was hounded at the beginning of his reign by dynastic problems not at all dissimilar to those of his father. The greatest cause of unrest was a rival claimant, Murad's uncle Mustafa, who despite Mehmet I's designation of Murad as his successor still had a strong claim to the throne. Ottoman works of literature from the time period likewise reflect the ghazi tradition, and this tradition was very much alive at the time of Murad II. The most important characteristic distinguishing Ottoman possessions in Rumelia and Anatolia is that the former bordered on infidel Christian territory and the latter on the territory of fellow Muslims. Murad's goal of re-establishing the Timurid Empire was seen as the most important threat to the Ottomans in Anatolia. Second, their relative strength meant they would continue to expand in Anatolia at the expense of the other Turkish principalities.

Keywords:Anatolia; Mehmet I; Murad; Mustafa; Ottomans; Rumelia; Timurid Empire



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