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Household Forms and Composition: Ottoman Empire
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Etymology and methodology

The household, usually termed hane , was the base layer of society in the Ottoman Empire. Administratively, the term meant a fiscal unit until the nineteenth century, but after the first census was carried out in 1828–9, the term came to mean a census unit. Substantial research has been done since Ömer Lutfi Barkan discovered that the hane s recorded in taḥrīr (survey) registers in the fifteenth and s…

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Okawara, Tomoki, “Household Forms and Composition: Ottoman Empire”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0090d>
First published online: 2009

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