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Kisve bahası
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Kisve bahası (Ott. Turk., or baha-i kisve, cash value of clothing) is an Ottoman administrative/chancery term used for cash disbursements to new Muslims who converted to Islam in the presence of the sultan or other Ottoman dignitaries. The practice is of historiographical significance, as it marks the last stage of the process of conversion to Islam in the Balkans and reflects changing mechanisms for social mobility in Ottoman society.

Rewarding new Muslims financially or with the gift of new clothes, the most visible attribute of conversion, was part of the Isla…

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Minkov, Anton, “Kisve bahası”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_35635>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 9789004386655, 2019, 2019-4



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