The documents testify to the relationship between the Sultan and the Ottoman authorities, on one hand, and non-Muslim inhabitants of the empire, on the other. Closer look to these documents can reveal a great respect for the rights of Christians and their beliefs, freedom, trade and private lifes.
The Ottoman Empire, though predominantly Islamic, is very tolerant and multi-national, which contributed to the development and understanding of different religious groups.
Documents presented here are interesting also from calligraphic point of view because they testify to what extent diwani script was widespread and dominant in the writting of the Ottoman documents.
The exhibition in Sarajevo was opened by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Photo by Kenan Surkovic