The Ottoman Millet System


Güneydoğu Avrupa Araştırmaları Dergisi, no.16, pp.71-86, 2010 (Other Refereed National Journals)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Title of Journal : Güneydoğu Avrupa Araştırmaları Dergisi
  • Page Numbers: pp.71-86


This paper explores the main tenets of the millet system. Millet is an Arabic word that tran slated into English as nation. This term was not used 0nly for non-Muslims, but also for any nation. However, in the terminology of the Ottoman historians, it is mostly used to define non-Muslim communities. People were seen in the eyes of State not 0n the basis of ethnicity or language, but religion. "Religion, language, community, ethnicity, and family made up the socio-cultural fabric of the millet." For the period of the Ottoman, the most important thing was religion and supremacy of family: in other words, the millet system was in favour of "fusion of family and the community.