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Ottoman Timariot Cavalry in its Seventeenth-Century Twilight: A Resilient or

Ottoman Timariot Cavalry in its Seventeenth-Century Twilight: A Resilient or
100 St. George Street, Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2098
Time: Feb 15th, 5:00 pm End: Feb 15th, 7:00 pm
Interest Categories: Slavic Studies (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), 1500-1800
Talk by Victor Ostapchuk

The Departments of History and Near & Middle Eastern Civiliations present

Ottoman Timariot Cavalry in its Seventeenth-Century Twilight: A Resilient or “Zombie” Institution

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It has long been received wisdom that the Ottoman institution of the timar (“fief/benefice/prebend”)—which gave a virtual caste of cavalry and other servants of the state the right to tax peasant agriculture in exchange for military or other service—was a linchpin of that state’s organization. Moreover, the timar is widely considered as crucial for the successful workings of the empire during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries as, for example, the kap?kul? (“slave of the Porte”) military-administrative institution. The argument continues that the timar institution essentially became defunct by the seventeenth century, thanks to the adoption of viable gunpowder weaponry, inflationary pressures in Ottoman currency, and corruption. This seminar will offer a fresh look at these commonplaces in light of the problem of the survival of mountains of documents and defters—today mostly unseen or ignored—that suggest an institution that did not lose its vigour in the post-classical age and will consider the question, “Who are the ‘zombies,’ Ottoman timariots or Ottomanist historians?”

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Joseph Hawker


Speakers

Victor Ostapchuk
University of Toronto


Co-Sponsors

Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations

Department of History

Centre for Euopean, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

 


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