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Yeñi Čeri
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(t.), lit. “new troop”, a body of professional infantrymen of the Ottoman empire in its heyday.

1. Origins.

The “new troop”, so-called not so much because of the novelty of the idea as because at the time of its introduction by the vizier K̲h̲ayr al-Dīn Pas̲h̲a [see d̲j̲andarli̊ ] in the 760s/1360s it opposed then-prevailing military traditions cherished by the frontier warriors. The predecessors of Murād I [q.v.], rather than maintaining a standing army funded by the central fisc, had relied almost exclusively on the military services provided, on a voluntary …

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Murphey, R., “Yeñi Čeri”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 24 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1367>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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