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Looking for a reference


I am having one of those maddening moments when I can't remember where to find something I had read. Does anyone have the reference for an incident in one of the 17th or 18th century Ottoman chronicles that describes a muezzin being hit by lightning on top of the minaret during the call to prayer in Istanbul? I would greatly appreciate any assistance. 

Many thanks,


Seeking information on a 'devsirme curriculum'?

Dear Colleagues,

I am looking for any information pertaining to specific information on the training that was undergone by devsirme recruits to the janissary corps of the Ottoman Empire. Also any information on how the training may have changed over time?

Can anyone recommend where I might find something like this?

Many thanks,

Gemma Masson.