In case some of you didn’t know, it is NOT 2008 in Saudi Arabia, it is 1429. In government circles, schools and most universities, they follow the Islamic calendar (Hijri) which started when the prophet Mohammed PBUH made the pilgrimage from Makkah to Madinah. If you think I’m exaggerating check the English newspapers in Saudi Arabia, they all have both the Gregorian and Hijri calendar. You can also convert dates from one calendar to the other at this website.
So where was the “civilized”, “industrialized” and “developed” world in their 15th century? America hadn’t been discovered yet. Europe was ruled by fascist monarchies and the church. Poverty, slavery and abuse of the most basic human rights abounded. Doesn’t sound that different from the eastern 15th century.
So if we were to follow through with this comparison, then the Ottoman Empire would be the Easterners’ version of the Westerners’ Roman Empire. And currently we are in our late Middle Ages. But in this technological age, I believe it will take us a much shorter time to move from here to where the western world is now.