Nizam-I Cedid

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Nizam-I Cedid


(Turkish-Arabic, “new order”), the reform of military affairs and the reorganization of the feudal military system, the tax system, and so forth carried out in Turkey during the late 18th and early 19th centuries under Sultan Selim III in order to combat feudal anarchy, create an absolute monarchy, and narrow the gap between the Ottoman state and the European powers.

The new army, organized on the European model and intended to replace the janissaries, was also called Nizam-i cedid. Inconsistent implementation of the reforms and reaction from important separatist feudal lords, the ulama, and the janissaries led to a mutiny in Istanbul in 1807, which put an end to both the Nizam-i cedid and the reign of Selim III.


Miller, A. F. Mustafa pasha Bairaktar: Ottomanskaia imperiia v nach. 19v. Moscow-Leningrad, 1947.
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