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Kinship and State: Ottoman Empire
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The Ottoman Empire included diverse ethnic and religious groups that adhered to a variety of kinship practices. To establish legitimacy and power over these groups, the Ottomans regularly co-opted kinship units of the different populations into the organization of the Ottoman state. For example, rival Turkish and Arab tribal groups and leaders were often given regional powers within the Ottoman state apparatus. This tactic allowed the Ottoman Empire to expand its boundaries and its sovereignty o…

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Shively, Kim, “Kinship and State: Ottoman Empire”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0102b>
First published online: 2009

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