A warrior for Islam
'Selection' in Turkish. The system by which boys from Christian communities were taken by the Ottoman state to serve as Janissaries.
in the Ottoman empire, a religious community of non-Muslims
A system by which military service is owed in return for land in the Ottoman Empire.
capital of the Ottoman Empire, now known as Istanbul
A special poll tax paid by the Millet to the Ottoman state in lieu of military service.
protection of non-muslims by muslims; protection of book followers
The Ottoman ruling, tax-exempt elite of the military, administrative, and religious establishment
the lower class in the Ottoman Empire (men of negotiation and men of husbandry)
Infantry, originally of slave origin, armed with firearms and constituting the elite of the Ottoman army from the fifteenth century until the corps was abolished in 1826.