Ottoman Income Survey (1840-1846)
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The Ottoman Empire conducted two comprehensive surveys on individual income and property during the Tanzimat era, one in 1840 (1255H) and another from 1845 till the following year (1261-62H). The resulting registers, currently called "temettuiit defterlerr (Temettuat registers), most of which are classified as "Maliye Nezareti-V8ridat Muhasebesi, Temettuat Defterleri (ML.VRD.TMT)" at the Prime Ministry Ottoman Archives of Turkey in Istanbul, are unique sources that provide abundant and detailed data about the economic status of individuals. Also unique is that, after those simultaneous surveys in a large number of domains in the 1 840s, this type of register was never compiled again in Ottoman history. Thanks to the recent opening of these registers to researchers, a series of studies based on them has been conducted, and undoubtedly they are bringing more and more light to many studies of the nineteenth century Ottoman Empire and its society and economy.