Devşirme{Cref2|a} (literally `collecting` in Turkish), also known as the blood tax or tribute in blood, was chiefly the annual practice by which the Ottoman Empire sent military to abduct boys, sons of their Christian subjects (Rum millet) in the villages of the Balkans. They were then converted to Islam with the primary objective of selecting .....
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Levy of one in four males aged 10-20 taken by the Ottoman rulers from their Balkan provinces. Those taken were brought to Constantinople (modern Istanbul) and converted to Islam before being...
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