Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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Religious diversity and tolerance in Ottoman guilds
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By definition, guilds are organisations intended to provide a support network and protect the common interests of their members, craftsmen, traders, or members of a certain profession generally. Ottoman guilds were no exception.

Although in the past there have been attempts to characterise the Ottoman craftsmen’s organisations as ‘non-guild-like’ in comparison with their Western European counterparts,[1] such views have been found unjustified and it is now generally accepted that Ottoman guilds functioned as professional guild …

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Aščerić-Todd, Ines, “Religious diversity and tolerance in Ottoman guilds”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <>

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