No, once Celalî rebellions became a regular occurance, Ottomans were not a true empire, but a gargantuan state mechanism that tried to consolidate on what they have and deal with rebellions while the central power continiously rot in decadence. It really was like the imperium of man in Warhammer 40k, and not in a good way. The only thing that saved Ottomans after that point was their image of invincibility and lack of great power that could threaten them. After 1570-90, whenever they encountered resistance from another great power they folded. Portuguese embarrased Ottomans in the Indian Ocean, Hungarian front turned into Kleinkrieg which culminated in the catastrophe that was the second siege of Vienna, Eastern front was a messy tug of war, and supremacy in the Mediterranean was gradually lost to christians.I dont believe after suleiman the empire was declining because in the 1600s they were still on the prime despite setbacks.
Once they reached the 1700s is when things started to tumble down.
I do believe Suleiman has to be blamed because he gave too much power to the Jannisaries.
Gave too much power to women like hurrem. Hurrem and the other women were eating each other up.
I do believe kopurlu family deserve the credit for the empires resinurgence in the 1600s.
Murad the 4th and Genc Osman these two leaders had the potential to surpass their predecessors but died young.
Nomadic way of life is decidedly action-oriented and rural. But the empire-founders don't have to be nomads. Germanics weren't nomads, but they ruled the western civilization until about 1960s.Ibn Khaldun holds the belief that warriors not coming from urban backgrounds.
Much more tougher soldiers.
This echoes the view Mahmud Kashgari had on urban folk.
Since the Turks come from nomadic origins not urban they have to fight to survive. War becomes a daily life while urban man has surplus of food and has to be called into fight.
More in a way the locals hated the Turks in the Middle East but could not do anything because it was better to submit rather than fight them.
Whats interesting the Seljuks planned on conquering Egypt rather than Anatolia.
I wonder how different history would be.