11 April 2019 - 17:30
11 April 2019 - 18:30
According to Ottoman social structure, the peasants, craftsmen and merchants paid certain taxes in return for specific services. As artisans were responsible for the provision of necessities, they were subject to ihtisab rules, based on a Qur’anic injunction. The muhtasib was the Islamic official appointed to oversee the regulations and to collect the relevant taxes to do with this institution. The duties of the Islamic muhtesib varied according to the mundane and moral realm. The Ottomans interpreted this institution according to their needs and according to various local traditions. In this presentation, İklil Selçuk will focus on the institution of ihtisab in relation to significant Ottoman town centers with bedestens and covered bazaars.