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The Frontiers of the Ottoman World$
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A.C.S. Peacock

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264423

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264423.001.0001

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Between Hinterland and Frontier: Ottoman Vidin, Fifteenth to Eighteenth Centuries

Between Hinterland and Frontier: Ottoman Vidin, Fifteenth to Eighteenth Centuries

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(p.330) (p.331) 17 Between Hinterland and Frontier: Ottoman Vidin, Fifteenth to Eighteenth Centuries
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The Frontiers of the Ottoman World
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ROSSITSA GRADEVA

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264423.003.0017

This chapter examines how the frontier and the changing fate of the region influenced the military system as well as the provincial administration and agrarian regime. It focuses on Vidin in the period of the wars which made it a frontier outpost again, being either directly occupied (by the Holy League) or under immediate threat (in 1715–18). As in many other frontier areas, military activity affected relations between Muslims and Christians in the province and the town of Vidin. This chapter contributes to a better understanding of the complex impact of the wars during the expansion and contraction of the Ottoman state. The discussion is based mainly on documents from the series of kadi sicils, the records of the sharia court in the town, preserved from the last years of the seventeenth century onwards and kept in the Sofia National Library.

Keywords:   Holy League, Vidin history, kadi sicils, Ottoman Vidin, Sofia National Library, Muslim-Christian conflict

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