Revenue-Raising and Legitimacy: Tax Collection and Finance Administration in the Ottoman Empire, 1560-1660

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BRILL, 1996 - History - 368 pages
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This study examines for the first time the finance procedures and documents of the post-classical Ottoman Empire. It provides an overview of institutional and monetary history and a detailed description of assessment and collection processes for "Cizye, Avariz" and "Iltizam"-collected taxes, the documents produced by these processes, and the information they contain. The finance department's detailed record-keeping, procedural continuity, and provision of economic justice made it a bulwark of stability in a period of turmoil. For specialists, this book introduces a multitude of sources on the economic and social history of the post-classical age, while for comparativists it places the empire in its seventeenth-century context. It links Ottoman administrative change with early modern state formation and reformulates the seventeenth century as a period of consolidation, not decline.
  

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Contents

The Myth of Decline
1
Classical Ottoman Finance
22
Price Inflation in the Ottoman Empire 15551655
36
The Ottoman Central Finance Department
49
Total Numbers of Salaried Scribes
59
The Structure of the Maliye in the MidSixteenth Century
63
Number of Scribes in Finance Bureaus
68
Revenue Assessment by the Central
81
Avariz Assessed around 1640
116
Taxation Without Assessment?
119
Tax Collection Remittance and Reporting
186
Arrears Accounting and BalanceSheets
213
Complaints and Corruption
246
RevenueRaising and Legitimacy
281
Glossary
307
Bibliography
325

Cizye Rates in Text 15601660
110
SeventeenthCentury Cizye
112
Avariz Rates in Text 15001660
114

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About the author (1996)

Linda T. Darling, Ph.D. (1990) in History, University of Chicago, is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Arizona. She has published articles on the Ottoman fiscal system and finance documents.

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