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Response 1: One of the most impressive things I noticed in the readings was about the millet system. Of the stereotypes today, many Americans see the Muslim religion as intolerant and hostile. For example, many see Jihad as “holy war” as the only definition, when it is really just one as “struggle” is a better definition. Besides a poll tax, the millet system allowed religions to exercise their own laws within their millet as long as it doesn’t intrude on the Ottoman law. This seems like a great freedom, especially when you think of growing religions that force conversion. Under this system, the people can still obey the empire while maintaining their own beliefs, which would help prevent discontent for religious persecution. It sort of makes me wonder of the possible cases where a crime from a member in one millet took place against a member of another and the actions the Ottoman Empire would take when two or more millets are arguing against each other on what is just.
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