The ottoman ulema group and state of practicing “kaza” authority during the 18th century

Gündoğdu, İsmail
In this study, it is aimed to analyze the learned (ilmiye) group that was important part of the military class of the Ottoman Empire and the ilmiye group had three important members. They were judges (kadis), professors (müderrises) and muftis (müftüs) and they were analyzed from the beginning to the end of the career line as a dynamic process. Due to the vast nature of the subject, one needed to delimit the research in terms of time and space. In that regard, it was chosen the 18th century and the districts belonging to the Anatolian kazâskerlik (chief justice). Due also to the impossibility to cover the whole Ottoman eras of six hundred years, the eighteenth century was chosen, the period following the classical period and preceding the era of modernization. This was because the 18th century was the era when the classical institutions of the Ottoman Empire could no longer resist the forces of change. The extent of changes, which took place in this century, might constitute a topic for other researches. On the other hand, the need to delimit the area of research to the Anatolian chief justice (kazâskerlik) was a result of technical and methodological necessity.


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Citation Formats
İ. Gündoğdu, “The ottoman ulema group and state of practicing “kaza” authority during the 18th century,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2009.