Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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Bāb-I ʿĀlī
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, the Sublime Forte. The Turkish wazīrs at one time had their offices in their private houses (ḳonaḳ). Meḥemmed II built offices for them in 872 (1467—1468) which were called Pas̲h̲a Ḳapusu “Gate of the Pas̲h̲a”, later Bāb-i Āṣafī or Bāb-i ʿĀlī “Sublime Porte”. The Sublime Porte which became from 1654 a government office, was separated only by the street from the old palace of the Sulṭān (top ḳapu serāyi). After the abolition of the viziers of the dome, the work of the grand vizierate assumed great importance. The grand vizier’s principal assistants were: the deputy (Kehya Bey) and the chan…

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Deny, J., “Bāb-I ʿĀlī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 18 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_1661>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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