By Suraiya Faroqhi
This can be a research of 2 contrasting cities in Anatolia within the 17th century. As residence possession was once common, facts touching on price, description, place and possession of dwellings represent a sound demeanour of drawing close city society as a complete. via her use of records from the kadi registers of Ankara and Kayseri, Dr Faroqui follows adjustments in styles of residence possession over nearly a century. The city society therefore published differs from the styles ordinarily linked to the 'Islamic urban' version. Townsmen frequently got genuine property with out picking out 1 / 4 inhabited by means of their co-religionists, which throws gentle at the Muslim majority's perspective to the Christian minority. although examples of rich and bad quarters weren't recognized. The kadi registers additionally point out that regardless of passing via a interval of drawback early within the century, either cultures controlled a pretty swift restoration from this.
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For as Inalcik in his work on sixteenth-century Bursa and Jennings in his studies on early-seventeenth-century Kayseri have pointed out,46 non-Muslims did not in the Ottoman 'classical' period dominate the economic life of Anatolian towns as they were to do in the nineteenth century. One would expect, however, that by the seventeenth century the non-Muslims had begun their ascent to economic power. Certainly osten- Introduction 17 tatious acquisition of valuable house property should have occurred at a fairly late point in time, when the non-Muslims of a given town were already well established in trade.
From another point of view, it is not without interest to investigate the prices paid for different types of urban dwelling. By the term 'type' in this context we mean groups of houses which showed a particular configuration of rooms, and which might or might not contain an upper floor. Such a procedure allows us to discern which kinds of houses were preferred by the wealthier inhabitants of the two towns. One might also go one step further and examine whether certain architectural features, such as the organization of a given dwelling around a double courtyard, had any noticeable impact upon its price.
77/7W-holders were attracted by the higher prices that prevailed in a city, while the local kadi, who might be called upon to judge disputes, often was more concerned about the city's food supply than about the time and energy wasted by the peasants' travelling to market. 21 In addition to wheat, rice must have appeared on the tables at least of the wealthier inhabitants of Ankara.