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The Functioning of Ottoman Avariz Taxation


An Aspect of the Relationship Between Centre and Periphery: A Case Study of the Province of Karaman, 1621-1700


Demirci’s work on provincial taxation in the seventeenth century is a contribution to scholarship on both centre-periphery relations and the question of Ottoman decline.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-147-3
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Aug 11,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 241
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-147-3
$143.00
$85.80

Süleyman Demirci’s work on relations between the capital and the provinces fits into the greater debate over whether the Ottoman state experienced a long period of decline culminating in its collapse at the end of World War I. Ottoman historians have for some time questioned the assumption that Ottoman power peaked in the sixteenth century and that from then on it was all downhill. The seventeenth century, the focus of Demirci’s study, is therefore a good starting point, more so since several important events – from the Celâli revolts to the second siege of Vienna – occurred in this period. Demirci looks at the practice of avâriz, or extraordinary, taxation in the central Anatolian province of Karaman. Demirici is interested in the central state’s flexibility and initiative in responding to challenges that it faced and thus examine centre-periphery relations during the seventeenth century.

Süleyman Demirci’s work on relations between the capital and the provinces fits into the greater debate over whether the Ottoman state experienced a long period of decline culminating in its collapse at the end of World War I. Ottoman historians have for some time questioned the assumption that Ottoman power peaked in the sixteenth century and that from then on it was all downhill. The seventeenth century, the focus of Demirci’s study, is therefore a good starting point, more so since several important events – from the Celâli revolts to the second siege of Vienna – occurred in this period. Demirci looks at the practice of avâriz, or extraordinary, taxation in the central Anatolian province of Karaman. Demirici is interested in the central state’s flexibility and initiative in responding to challenges that it faced and thus examine centre-periphery relations during the seventeenth century.

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Süleyman Demirci

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS (page 7)
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (page 8)
  • ABBREVIATIONS (page 9)
  • Note on spelling (page 10)
  • 1:INTRODUCTION (page 11)
  • 2:AVARIZHANES IN THE PROVINCE OF KARAMAN,1621-1700 (page 45)
  • 3:AVARIZ AND NUZUL LEVIES IN THE PROVINCE OF KARAMAN:AN ASSESSMENT OF TAX BURDEN,1621-1700 (page 97)
  • 4:COLLECTORS OF AVARIZ AND NUZUL LEVIES IN KARAMAN EYALETI:1621-1700 (page 125)
  • 5:COMPLAINTS ABOUT AVARIZ ASSESSMENT AND PAYMENT IN THE PROVINCE OF KARAMAN:1618-1700 (page 157)
  • 6:CONCLUSION (page 187)
  • GLOSSARY (page 191)
  • APPENDICES (page 197)
  • CHRONOLOGY (page 205)
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY (page 211)
  • FACSIMILES (page 235)