Christians and Jews in the Ottoman Empire

Christians and Jews in the Ottoman Empire : The Abridged Edition, with a New Introduction

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How did the vast Ottoman empire, stretching from the Balkans to the Sahara, endure for more than four centuries despite its great ethnic and religious diversity? The classic work on this plural society, the two-volume Christians and Jews in the Ottoman Empire, offered seminal reinterpretations of the empire's core institutions and has sparked more than a generation of innovative work since it was first published in 1982. This new, abridged, and reorganised edition, with a substantial new introduction and bibliography covering issues and scholarship of the past thirty years, has been carefully designed to be accessible to a wider readership.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 350 pages
  • 160.02 x 238.76 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged
  • 1588268896
  • 9781588268891
  • 1,667,824

Table of contents


Introduction-B. Braude.
Transformation of Zimmi into Askeri-I. Metin Kunt.
Foundation Myths of the Millet System-B. Braude.
The Rise of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople-K.B. Bardakjian.
Ottoman Policy Toward the Jews and Jewish Attitudes Toward the Ottomans During the Fifteenth Century-J.R. Hacker.
The Greek Millet in the Ottoman Empire-R. Clogg.
The Dual Role of the Armenian Amira Class Within the Ottoman Government and the Armenian Millet, 1750-1850-H. Barsoumian.
Foreign Merchants and the Minorities in Istanbul During the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries-R. Mantran.
The Transformation of the Economic Position of the Millets in the Nineteenth Century-C. Issawi.
The Millets as Agents of Change in the Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Empire-R.H. Davison.
The Acid Test of Ottomanism: The Acceptance of Non-Muslims in the Late Ottoman Bureaucracy-C.V. Findley.
Communal Conflict in Ottoman Syria During the Reform Era: The Role of Political and Economic Factors-M. Ma'oz.
Communal Conflict in Nineteenth-Century Lebanon-S. Khalaf.
Unionist Relations with the Greek, Armenian, and Jewish Communities of the Ottoman Empire, 1908-1914-F. Ahmad.
The Political Situation of the Copts, 1798-1923-D. Behrens-Abouseif.
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From the reviews of the original edition: "Provides a hitherto missing, yet indispensable, introductory treatment of the role played by non-Muslim peoples in the multinational Ottoman empire."-Middle East Journal "An exceptionally rich resource ... on a very important and highly interesting topic."-The Muslim World
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About Benjamin Braude

Benjamin Braude is associate professor of history at Boston College, USA.
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