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Ottoman Tax Registers (Tahrir Defterleri)

  • Metin M. Cosgel

    (University of Connecticut)

The Ottoman government obtained current information on the empire's sources of revenue through periodic registers called tahrir defterleri. These documents include detailed information on tax-paying subjects and taxable resources, making it possible to study the economic and social history of the Middle East and Eastern Europe in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Although the use of these documents have been typically limited to the construction of local histories, adopting a more optimistic attitude toward their potential and using appropriate sampling procedures can greatly increase their contribution to historical scholarship. They can be used in comprehensive quantitative studies and in addressing questions of broader historical significance or larger social scientific relevance.

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2002-47.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2002
Date of revision: Feb 2003
Publication status: Published in Historical Methods, 2004, 37: 87-100.
Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2002-47
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