Conversion to Islam in the Balkans: Kisve Bahas ̧petitions and Ottoman Social Life, 1670-1730

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BRILL, Jan 1, 2004 - Religion - 277 pages
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This volume offers a new approach to the subject of conversion to Islam in the Balkans. It reconstructs the stages of the Islamization process from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries and examines the factors and stimuli behind it. The practice of accepting Islam in the front of the sultan, characteristic of the last period of Islamization, and granting to new Muslims an amount of money known as "kisve bahas?," is shown in the context of Ottoman social development. An innovative structural analysis of the petitions requesting "kisve bahas?" leads to examining the origins of the practice and constructing a collective portrait of the new Muslims who submitted them. Facsimiles and translations of the most interesting petitions are appended.
 

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Contents

Conversion to Islam before the Ottomans Theories of Conversion
9
Periods of Conversion to Islam in the Balkans and Demographic Processes
28
Forms Factors and Motives of Conversion to Islam in the Balkans
64
Kisve Bahasi Petitions as Sources of Conversion
110
The Institutionalization of Conversion Kisve Bahasi Petitions as a Social Phenomenon
145
The Collective Images of New Muslims who Submitted Kisve Bahasi Petitions to the Sultan 1670s1730s
166
Conclusion
193
Appendices
199
Kisve Bahasi Petitions Facsimiles and Translations
201
List of Archival Units in the National Library of Bulgaria containing Kisve Bahasi Petitions
244
List of Archival Units in the Ba Bakanlik Ottoman Archive Istanbul containing Kisve Bahasi Petitions
252
Bibliography
253
Index
267
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About the author (2004)

Anton Minkov, Ph.D. (2000) in Islamic Studies, McGill University, is a part-time professor of Middle Eastern Studies at University of Ottawa. He is a contributor to Turkish Sources of Bulgarian History, vol. 8 (Sofia, 2001) and Balkan Identities (Sofia, 2003).