Render unto the Sultan: Power, Authority, and the Greek Orthodox Church in the Early Ottoman Centuries

Render unto the Sultan: Power, Authority, and the Greek Orthodox Church in the Early Ottoman Centuries


The acquired knowledge in regards to the nature of the Greek Orthodox Church within the Ottoman Empire is that Sultan Mehmed II reestablished the Patriarchate of Constantinople as either a political and a spiritual authority to manipulate the post-Byzantine Greek group. even if, family members among the Church hierarchy and Turkish masters expand additional again in heritage, and nearer scrutiny of those kin finds that the Church hierarchy in Anatolia had lengthy adventure facing Turkish emirs by way of targeting monetary preparations. Decried as scandalous, those preparations turned the modus vivendi for bishops within the Turkish emirates.

Primarily considering the industrial preparations among the Ottoman nation and the establishment of the Greek Orthodox Church from the mid-fifteenth to the 16th century, Render Unto the Sultan argues that the Ottoman nation thought of the Greek Orthodox ecclesiastical hierarchy essentially as tax farmers (multezim) for funds source of revenue derived from the church's frequent holdings. The Ottoman country granted participants the fitting to take their positions as hierarchs in go back for every year funds to the country. hoping on participants of the Greek monetary elite (archons) to buy the ecclesiastical tax farm (iltizam), hierarchical positions grew to become topic to an analogous forces of festival that different Ottoman administrative workplaces confronted. This resulted in colourful episodes and a number of demanding situations to ecclesiastical authority all through Ottoman lands.

Tom Papademetriou demonstrates that minority groups and associations within the Ottoman Empire, prior to now, were thought of both from in the neighborhood, or from outdoor, from the Ottoman point of view. This new procedure permits us to think about inner Greek Orthodox communal issues, yet from in the higher Ottoman social and monetary context.

Render Unto the Sultan demanding situations the lengthy tested suggestion of the 'Millet System', the old version during which the non secular chief served either a civil in addition to a spiritual authority. From the Ottoman state's standpoint, the hierarchy used to be there to serve the spiritual and financial functionality instead of the political one.

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