In the Ottoman Empire, your occupation and skills decided your social level. First in the social class were men of pen such as highly educated scientists, lawyers, judges and doctors. Next, it was men of the sword such as military personnel, and then men of negotiation such as merchants, artisans, and tax collectors. Lastly, it was men of husbandry such as farmers and herders. Citizens of the Ottoman Empire had the right to practice their own religion freely as long as the paid taxes and obeyed the laws. Additionally, your social class helped determine some rights you had.