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MILLET. This term is most commonly used in Islamic history to mean "religious community." It is derived from the Arabic word millah, which was employed in the Qur'an to mean "religion." Later the Qur'anic usage was extended to include religious community and especially the community of Islam. By the time of the Ottoman Empire (1300-1918) its sense had expanded widely to include non-Muslim religious communities and, in the period of Ottoman decline, foreign merchants who entered the empire under ...more

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