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dc.contributor.authorRadushev, E.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-08T10:06:56Z
dc.date.available2016-02-08T10:06:56Z
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.issn0022-4529
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11693/22952
dc.description.abstractThe article discusses unutilized Ottoman source material, related both to the Janissary Corps and to the spread of Islam in the Ottoman Balkans. The author attempts to examine the "Janissaries-Islamisation" correlation in a broader sense-the concept of "social conversion" which was introduced by R.W. Bul-liet some time ago. The social existence of the converts changed immediately with their conversion-from Christian they became Muslim reaya (flock) of the Sultans. This transformation had an immediate positive effect on their economic status-the new Muslims stopped paying Cizye tax. They gained other prerogatives in their relationship with the administration, avoiding the numerous everyday inconveniences that were the lot of Christian subjects. Apart from that, the Muslim person had one more important advantage-the opportunity for further social prosperity by entering the so-called "military class" (askerî). By this the converts acquired additional fiscal comfort and economic advantages. All these were not imaginary; they were real opportunities. The author calls the phenomenon of conversion of this kind by referring to such converts as "peasant" Janissaries.en_US
dc.language.isoEnglishen_US
dc.source.titleJournal of Social Historyen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttps://www.jstor.org/stable/27696448en_US
dc.title"Peasant" Janissaries?en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.departmentDepartment of Historyen_US
dc.citation.spage447en_US
dc.citation.epage467en_US
dc.citation.volumeNumber42en_US
dc.citation.issueNumber2en_US
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen_US


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