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    Ottoman practice of levying a “tax” of young Christian males from the Balkans to serve as soldiers, court officers, administrative officers, and royal pages in the sultan's household. Instituted in 1395 . The most promising recruits received Arabic, Turkish, and Islamic education in the sultan's court and palace schools and often attained positions of great power.

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