Ottoman administration and Ecumenical Patriarchate As we can see from many sources, Moameth the Conqueror of the Turkish empire gave the Patriarch a "Berat" (= Decree), with which gave the first privileges, which did not survive, as many others during the subsequent years, forming the corpus of the privileges of the Church 1. Political benefits: The Sultan raised the prestige of the
Patriarch - who was a fanatic anti-unionist - by granting many powers to prevent the union of the two Churches. 2. Administrative Privileges: The Ottomans had not practiced
employees. That is why political and religious pastoral care of enslaved Christians took the Patriarch, who was accountable to the Sultan. 3. Religious privileges: The Koran allowed to the people of the
Bible (Hebrews Christians.) the free exercise of worship. The law of 'aman', which was on the 8th century, providing protection to non-Muslim populations, who were subjugated to their will.
Gennadios II and Mehmed II
And the relationships that existed between the ecumenical patriarch and Turkish where balanced and interest relationships on both sides because although they had many differences in parallel they serve one another as the Turks left the administration of enslaved Christians in the patriarch who was accountable to them and had the knowledge management of Christians which the Turks did not know. And on the other hand Christians through the administration managed to maintain the Greek language, the Christian religion manners customs and their traditions.
Peter Kakoullis Valentina Sotiropoulou Valia Antonopoulou Helena Maleli