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The Development Of Ottoman Governmental Institutions In The Fourteenth Century: A Reconstruction

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This chapter superimposes the skimpy documentary record over the chronicle data on institutional development and brings in information about other beyliks and the Ilkhanids for comparison. It provides only an initial sketch; numerous other sources must be consulted to round out the picture. By the 1290s all of Seljuk Anatolia had come under the Ilkhanid administrative system, run by bureaucrats from Iran. The chapter, using mainly well-known data, traces and attempts to periodize the growth of early Ottoman administration. By the end of Orhan's reign, therefore, the Ottomans' administrative capability must have expanded considerably, both in terms of the complexity of the institutions they could manage and in terms of the intricacy of their documentation. The expansion of Ottoman territory and the desire for tighter control are both reflected in the first appointment of a beylerbeyi to command one side of the empire while the sultan was on the other.

Keywords: beylerbeyi; early Ottoman administration; Ilkhanid administrative system; institutional development; Seljuk Anatolia



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