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

Benjamin Braude, editor
Christians and Jews in the Ottoman Empire: The Abridged Edition, with a New Introduction
ISBN: 978-1-58826-889-1
ISBN: 978-1-58826-865-5
2014/374 pages/LC: 2013030914
Praise for 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


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 abridged and reorganized 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.


Benjamin Braude is associate professor of history at Boston College.


  • Introduction—B. Braude.
  • Transformation of Zimmi into Askerîİ. 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 MilletH. 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.