Save

Religious in Form, Political in Content? Privileges of Ottoman Non-Muslims in the Nineteenth Century

In: Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient
Author: Masayuki Ueno1
View More View Less
Download Citation Get Permissions

Access options

Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.

Institutional Login

Log in with Open Athens, Shibboleth, or your institutional credentials

Login via Institution

Purchase

Buy instant access (PDF download and unlimited online access):

€29.95$34.95

This paper explores the Ottoman Empire’s guarantee of religious privileges for non-Muslims made in 1853 and the struggles that occurred thereafter, between Muslim state officials and Armenian elites. It argues that the guarantee of religious privileges, which prepared a new set of terminology—that is, “privileges,” “religion,” and “politics”—for discussing the scope of the jurisdiction to be granted to the non-Muslims’ religious authorities, represented a shift in how the empire approached non-Muslims. Muslim officials aimed to circumscribe the jurisdiction of non-Muslims and place them under the state’s control by emphasizing the “religiousness” of the privileges. To do so, they also displayed a decided tendency to bypass the religious authority by using lay non-Muslim elites as intermediaries. The Armenian elites, for their part, strategically chose their attitudes toward the distinction of “religious” and “nonreligious” (or “political”), thus managing to protect, to a certain extent, the scope of the religious authority’s jurisdiction.

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 401 121 11
Full Text Views 286 16 0
PDF Views & Downloads 88 48 1