Childhood, mental capacity and conversion to islam in the ottoman state

Eyal Ginio*

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In this paper I explore the conversions of minors as they were presented in the registrations of the Şeriat court (sicil). Two types of records shed light on the conversion process: the summaries of lawsuits and the sporadic registrations of converts' names. As the mental capacity of a child was regarded as of crucial importance when considering the child's conversion, the kadi classified the children into three different age-groups. Special attention was given to children of seven to ten years: their conversion was approved after an examination of their mental capacity. We can assume that these cases concealed some forms of pressure as well. The conversion of adolescents should be regarded as part of a wider phenomenon — the conversion of rural migrants to Salonica.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)90-119
Number of pages30
JournalInternational Journal of Phytoremediation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001


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