Discussion in 'Education' started by Said1, Apr 13, 2005.
A little long, interesting nonetheless.
A very interesting period. I dont think a lot of Americans are aware of the history in that part of the world.
The Ottoman Janissaries were a nifty bunch too, until they were slaughtered in 1826.
Christian children caught, and brought up in the muslim faith by Ottoman.
poor parents, when they had to fight their own kid because he was in the ennmy battleline, as elite trooper.
I have my doubts about their parents willingness to give their boys up to the Sultan. Especially since they could be taken/offered in tribute to the sultan, or as payment on taxes. I've read they were castrated for many years too.
I believe that the Jannissaries were caught by force, or were sons of christian prisonneers.
In turkish, Jannissary means "new troop" ("yeni çeri")
But it is sure they were christian kids brought up in the islam religion.
Some were some weren't, but I think it's safe to assume most boys were taken by force, for whatever reason (even if you read otherwise).
Here's a good link, lots of detail: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janissaries
One interesting note on the Mamluks:
They were the only force ever to defeat a Mongol army
when the Mongols were at the height of their power.
The Mongols had recently taken over all of what is now Iraq,
levelling Baghdad in the process, and had invaded Palestine
to extend their conquests God knows how far.
At the battle of Ayn Jalut the Mamluks were I think able to
trap the Mongol army in a narrow defile, and destroy it.
Yep, that's them.
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