Land, Tax and Power in the Ottoman Provinces: The Malikane-Mukataa of Esma Sultan in Alasonya (c.1780–1825)

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This article focuses on Esma Sultan’s malikane-mukataa of Alasonya, which was among the estates of İstanbul Bahçekapusu Valide Sultan Vakfı, during c. 1780 to 1825. It aims to discuss the effects of the malikane system on the Ottoman provincial political-economy. It also highlights the institutional organization of a malikane in the province by focusing on actors and their relations in the case of controversies. It claims that vakıf-malikanes of absentee landlords, together with the estates of the local notables, played an important role in the process of çiftlik formation in the Balkans.




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  • Some of the villages of Alasonya in a masraf defteri of 1793 (1208)29

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  • Some of the villages of Alasonya within the mukataa of Esma Sultan, sub-leased to Ali Paşa and Veli Paşa, and converted to çiftliks, 1820 (1235)48

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