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Unformatted text preview: Janissaries an elite Ottoman infantry corps armed with gunpowder weapons and composed mostly of converted Balkan slaves. Harem in Arabic, literally forbidden. A sacred area of palace or home forbidden to outsiders, often but not always used to protect and sequester women. Valide Sultan the mother of the Ottoman sultan; generally the most powerful and influential woman in the empire. Mufti a high-ranking Islamic religious and legal advisor...
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course ENL 102 taught by Professor Jack during the Spring '07 term at UMass Dartmouth.
- Spring '07