The magnificent süleymâniye owed a debt to the butcher and the grocer The magnificent süleymâni̇ye owed a debt to the butcher and the grocer


Belleten, vol.75, no.272, pp.87-133, 2011 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 75 Issue: 272
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Journal Name: Belleten
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.87-133
  • Keywords: Ak Buruts, Alatay Kyrgyzs, Burut, Hakas, Kaysak, Kirk Jiiz, Kyrgyz
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The large waqf complex of Süleymâniye in Istanbul held vast agricultural lands and numerous revenue-yielding real estates. However, in 1586, it was mentioned as being in debt to butcher and grocer in an official document. The financial distress of the waqf around the 1580s could have not been determined although the waqf has been examined through its account books. The present study using the detailed registers shows that the waqf experienced serious difficulties in revenue collection. This study particularly emphasizes two points. First, the detailed registers are valuable sources supporting the financial analysis of the waqf institutions. Secondly, considering the fact that the Süleymâniye was deriving the major part of its income from the rural areas in the Balkans, the financial hardship of the waqf may imply deterioration in agricultural conditions. Therefore, future research analyzing the waqf for a longer term is significant to reveal economic conditions in the Balkans.