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Education, early Ottoman
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In the early Ottoman Empire, up until the modernising reforms of the nineteenth century, and with the exception of children’s Qurʾān schools (mektep, maktab, kuttāb), formal education for Muslims was essentially male and effectively divided between two distinct vocational expectations. The empire’s system of religious colleges, medreses (madrasas), prepared youths for religious careers. Their more secular counterparts, the schools of the imperial palaces (Enderun-i Hümayun Mektebi, Enderūn-i Humāyūn Mektebi) in Edirne and Istanbul, groomed young men for position…

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Zilfi, Madeline C., “Education, early Ottoman”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 06 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_27789>
First published online: 2016
First print edition: 9789004305755, 2016, 2016-2

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