Blood Tax (Devshirme) in Ottoman Empire

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Blood tax or Devshirme was a system of slavery through which Ottoman Empire recruited its Janissary Corps. Janissary in fact comes from “Jeni Ceri”, or “new troops”. Slave soldiers have a long tradition in Islamic societies (e.g. Mamluks), and they invariably gained significant influence in said societies. Janissaries were no exception. System of blood tax also produced all of Grand Veziers from 1400 to 1600, the second most powerful position in Ottoman Empire, as well as most of provincial governors and military commanders. As such, Janissaries were some of the most powerful slave soldiers in history.

Devshirme itself developed out of kul system of slavery in the Ottoman Empire. Kuls were prisoners of war, hostages or slaves purchased by the state (as contrasted by abd – chattel slaves, but commonly used in meaning “male black slaves”, as opposed to al-mamluk, who were white slaves). In order to counteract the nobles…

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  1. ᛋᛠᛉ · September 14, 2020

    Funnily enough, I’m writing about my favourite Christian Crusader King of England.

    Back when the Isles had at least the will for home defence by looking to neutralize enemy threats before they reached the shores.

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  2. vᚻællKᚱᛁᛗvosᛏ · September 14, 2020

    The spread of the Ottoman Empire into Europe was also the spread of White enslavment. Turks were originally akin to Tartar Mongols. Also like the (((YKW’s))) opening the gates for the Moorish invasion of Spain, something similar was in the Ottomans as (((their))) ally.

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