Size and structure of damascus households in the late Ottoman period as compared with Istanbul households

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Abstract

For a long time, the social reality of family and household in the Ottoman Empire has been obscured as if by a heavy fog. This fog was somewhat broken up in the 1950s and 1960s by Ömer Lutfi Barkan and other historians, who started to use tax registers (tahrir defterleri) and the other documents in the field of demographic study. These scholars, mainly concerned with the study of social and economic issues, tried to determine mean household size as a coefficient, in order to estimate total population and analyze the demographic situation of the empire. Barkan's demographic study of the hane ("household" according to him) of the sixteenth century has stimulated discussion among scholars.1 However, the meaning of hane is a point that needs to be clarified.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFamily History in the Middle East
Subtitle of host publicationHousehold, Property, and Gender
PublisherState University of New York Press
Pages51-75
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)079145679X, 9780791456798
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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