During the Austro-Turkish War of 1716–18, after Austrian military
success, Serb peasants rose up against Ottoman rule in the Sanjak of
Vučitrn, and also
Novi Pazar and
Peć in 1717. The rebellion was
brutally suppressed by Ottoman troops.
During the Austro-Turkish War of 1716–18, Austrian forces aided by
Serb volunteers penetrated into West Morava and set up a new border
there. The war resulted in renewed persecution against the Serb
population in Kosovo,
Metohija and neighbouring regions. The
Ottomans relied on
Albanians for securing their border regions with
Albanians becoming freed from the heaviest duties in
Albanians had for years opposed accepting subject
obligations, but now promised to defend the land from enemies and to
fight bandits among themselves; in return they were exempt from paying
the mining tribute for that year. However, they continued causing
disorder and refused paying taxes.
In the second half of September 1717, during the retreat from
Niš the Ottoman sultan chose Vizier Abdul Pasha to
maintain order and peace in Kosovo, and especially in Skopje, Pristina
Vučitrn and in the nearby areas
Novi Pazar and Peć, the Serb
rayah rose up in a large revolt. This came after Austrian military
success, and was meant to open the way for the Austrian army.
Tahir Pasha was appointed by the government to deal with the
rebellious Serbs. Ferhat Aga, the captain of Novi Pazar, joined
Tahir Pasha to together break the uprising at Vučitrn,
Novi Pazar and
Peć. It was brutally suppressed. The Ottoman troops that were
sent to pacify the people and investigate, carried out new
After the rebellion, the
Albanians put pressure on the Serb rayah and
the Ottoman local leaders. Tahir Pasha was meant to keep the
rebellious rayah on the land, but also to impose tribute on the "new
yabancı (foreigner) rayah" (the immigrant Albanians) who seized
other's property that did not belong to them. Trying to address the
Albanian problem, in September 1718 Tahir Pasha sought a firman
(official decree) to eradicate bandits in order to calm the land "from
their plunder and murder". Only a month after the decree, Kurd
Mehmed Pasha from Yakova was given the Sanjak of İpek, and Tahir
Pasha is no longer mentioned as alive.
The harsh economic status, robberies, and threat of murder pushed the
Serbs into either accepting Islam, or seeking protection under
a strong lord (accepting serfdom status). Many opted for a third
alternative, to take refuge in other areas where life was more
Kingdom of Serbia (1718–39)
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^ a b c d Petrović, Blagojević & Macura 1992, p. 24,
Bataković 1991, p. 25
^ a b c d Samardžić 1989, p. 149.
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