Judiciary and Wealth in the Ottoman Empire, 1689-1843


Abaci Z., Akiba J., Cosgel M., Ergene B.

JOURNAL OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE ORIENT, vol.66, no.1-2, pp.43-84, 2023 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 66 Issue: 1-2
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1163/15685209-12341590
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE ORIENT
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Periodicals Index Online, ATLA Religion Database, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, Historical Abstracts, Index Islamicus, Linguistic Bibliography, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Political Science Complete, Religion and Philosophy Collection, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.43-84
  • Keywords: terekes, estate inventories, kismet-i askeriye, inequality, wealth, judiciary, Ottoman, LONG-TERM TRENDS, INEQUALITY
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

This article examines the accumulation, temporal variation, and inequality of wealth in the Ottoman judiciary between the late seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries. Using information from the estate inventories, we calculate the gross and net wealth of judges at the time of death. Comparisons against contemporary economic indicators show low to moderate levels of wealth accumulation among the judiciary. Wealth lev- els varied significantly across judiciary subgroups and they dropped drastically in the latter part of the eighteenth century. Regression analysis shows that differences in motives for bequests and family connections to other members of the judiciary con-tributed to the inequality of wealth.