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Re: Cyprus - OTTOMAN RULE

Postby Pyrpolizer » Sun Jul 29, 2007 12:51 pm

GreekForumer wrote:
Although the small landholdings of the peasants were heavily taxed, the ending of serfdom changed the lives of the island's ordinary people.


So what government services did the peasants get in return for the "taxes" paid ?

Hospitals, libraries, child care, public transport (donkeys) ?


A muhtar (village leader) and a kadi (judge) who in cases of disputes between Christians and muslims the muslim was always assumed to have ALL rights.

Like I said it was better for everyone to be a sort of slave under the feudal system of the Latins, than be sort of millet worker but 3rd class citizen risking your life everyday according to the mood of the local pasha.


Just continuing from where I left in comparing like for like, the Ionian islands of Greece which were under the Latins flourished so much that they even had a UNIVERSITY by the mid of 1700's. (The Kapodistrion if my memory serves correct there where from many writters and poets and other intellectuals came including Dionysios Solomos? who wrote the Greek national anthem)

What did the rest of Greece have, what did Cyprus have under the Ottomans?Almost nothing....
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Postby Pyrpolizer » Sun Jul 29, 2007 12:56 pm

But remember guys the Ottomans were NOT the worse for Cyprus. The worst were the Arabs who were raiding the place and slaughtering everybody leaving very few alive.Moavia if I remember correctly was the most famous, the one who was accompanied by Um Haram the aunt of Mohamed who fell from her horse and died by the salt lake in Larnaca in about 700 AD. Later on the Ottomans builted the tekke there, and it's one of the most sacred places for all mouslim/arab word.
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