Askeri (Ottoman Turkish: عسكري) is an Ottoman Turkish term that refers to a class of imperial administrators in the Ottoman Empire.
This elite class consisted of four main groups: the military, the court officials, the nobility, and the religious clergy. Though term itself literally means "of the military", it more broadly encompasses all higher levels of imperial administration. To be a member of this ruling elite, one thus had to hold a political office in the service of the Ottoman Empire, meaning that both Muslims and non-Muslims in those positions could be considered askeri.
It was contrasted with the reaya, the tax-paying lower class, and the kul, or slave class, which included the Janissaries.
Other articles related to "askeri":
... the courts consist of two military judges (askeri hâkim) and an officer ... Military prosecutors (askeri savcı) will be appointed according to the need ... defendants are entitled to legal counsel from military personnel with the title askeri hâkim ...