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The specifics of the process aside, the shift I describe and others I don’t care to mention was, of course, a gradual and partial process, but impossible to ignore, taking effect in very many spheres of public life. And, of course, there’s the great difference between Ottoman society and the Ottoman empire. Even to the end of the empire, the culture of its cosmopolitan and lowland Mediterranean cities was generally as tolerant. The more rural and especially highlander communities were far more savage to foreigners and soft prey in general than most moderns will like to imagine. In neither case was religion really important.