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Isn’t This “Secularism” (la-diniyet)?

European and Ottoman officials engaged in a contest to win the loyalty of the local inhabitants — the French by claiming to protect the Maronites; the British, the Druze; and the Ottomans by proclaiming the sultan’s benevolence toward all his religiously equal subjects.

The important part of above mentioned is the Ottomans by proclaiming the sultan’s benevolence toward all his “religiously equal subjects”. And “secularism” means the equality of religions in politics and no preference is given to one religion or religious group and all the religious groups are equal in government’s view. How more secular could Ottoman Khilafat get?

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