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Tas, Latif (2014) 'The Myth of the Ottoman Millet System: Its Treatment of Kurds and a Discussion of Territorial and Non-Territorial Autonomy.' International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, 21 (4). pp. 497-526.

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Abstract

This article re-opens the discussion about the Ottoman millet practice. The best known stereotypes claim that the so-called ‘millet system’ only offered rights to non-Muslim religious minorities. This article fundamentally challenges this approach. It focuses on how the millet practice was applied to the treatment of Kurds under the early and late Ottoman Empire, and discusses how millet practices were destroyed by the disease of nationalism. The article then considers how practices like those applied by the Ottomans might act as a useful example for modern nation states facing conflicts with national, religious, ethnic or migrant minorities. It suggests that practices like the millet might be beneficial both if minorities gain territorial recognition and also for those minorities who live in non-territorial communities.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Ottoman; millet; Kurds; law; nationalism; nation state; Turkey; autonomy
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Gender Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
ISSN: 13854879
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1163/15718115-02104003
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2017 15:02
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/23825

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