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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- Spring '07
- Ottoman Empire, Islamic Gunpowder Empires