Bedl-i askeri

The bedl-i askeri (or bedel-i askeri) was a tax in the later Ottoman Empire, a result of the tanzimat reforms. Historically, cizye had been a poll-tax on nonmuslims which, in the Ottoman empire, was theoretically a substitute for military service, as Christians and people of other religions were not permitted to bear arms. Over time, the transitio...
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