The Caliphate, comprising three continents, would have had a significant impact on the world in the modern era.
The Ottomans would be a global power influencing Middle Eastern, African, European and Asian geopolitics.
As sole representative of Islam in the world, it would have been able to with time unify the Muslim world, especially with the exhaustion of Europe following two global conflicts.
The Cold War dynamics could have been dramatically different, with the US marginalised and excluded from the region and struggling to defeat Russia, with the Ottomans playing one off against the other.
The world would now see a bi-polar world rather than one dominated by the US. With the decline of Russia, the lands she had taken prior to WW1 could all be taken back.
Current borders between Muslim polities would be non-existent along with national elites and their oversized military and security apparatus across the Muslim world.
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Likewise foreign power influenced and ineffectual organisations like the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), Gulf Cooperation Council, PLO, al-Qaida, ISIS etc would not exist.
The Ottoman Caliphate would control resources from across the Muslim world, along with strategic trade routes including the Suez canal and air-routes splitting the globe in two.
Oil reserves of current Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE and Oman would be within Ottoman lands along with deposits of minerals, gold, gas and a host of other resources. If the Muslim world unified behind the Ottomans, they would control 75% of global oil resources.
Along with a large well-educated population, especially if it managed to unify Iran and Pakistan, and large-population centres in Egypt, Turkey, Iraq and the Levant, the Ottomans would control over 20% of the world's labour resources.
Coupled with its natural resources it would have been transformative of Ottoman society especially as local companies would be extracting the resources and not the British, French or Americans.
With borderless trade it would have kept out Western corporations enriching the regions it ruled - internal trade comparative to global trade before its demise. The economic advantages would also be significant arising from having three seas with port-based access, control of strategic straits like the Bosphorus and Hormuz along with the Suez Canal.
Economically, the Ottoman state would be wealthy, populous and industrialised.
The millet basis of social organisation would allow autonomous faith based communities to live in accordance with their faiths, solving the problem of different ethnicities and religions which nationalism exacerbates.
The Ottoman Caliphate with military resources and personnel drawn from across three continents would provide a formidable fighting force.
The leading twelve militaries in the Muslim world would produce the largest funded military fighting force on the planet:
United Arab Emirates
Active personnel: 64,000
2017 budget: $14.37 billion
Active personnel: 160,000
2017 budget: $1.59 billion
Active personnel: 198,000
2017 budget: $3.46 billion
Active personnel: 110,000
2017 budget: $4.7 billion
Active personnel: 520,000
2017 budget: $10.6 billion
Active personnel: 231,000
2017 budget: $69.41 billion
Active personnel: 637,000
2017 budget $7 billion
Active personnel: 975,750
2017 budget $6.9 billion
Active personnel: 534,000
2017 budget: $14 billion
Active personnel: 438,500
2017 budget: $2.7 billion
Active personnel: 355,800
2017 budget: $10.2 billion
Total Active Personnel: 4+ million
Total 2017 Budget: $145 billion
The Muslim world under the Ottomans would potentially be prosperous, politically unified, technologically advanced and secure.
Were it able to unify the Muslim world, it would have:
The world would be following a different trajectory.
Muhammad Iqbal Majoka, Habib Elahi Sahibzada, Muhammad Saeed Khan, (2012) Resources of the Muslim World: A Reflection on the Muslim World's Resources, their Development and Utilization
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