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Agrarian Relations in the Ottoman Empire in the 15th and by Vera P. Moutafchieva

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The fact that Mehmet II made such an attempt, and succeeded in carrying it out within the framework of his administration, means that the sipahis were already sufficiently strong to support the central government against the owners of large mUlks and vakifs and had already established themselves in a firm position in the social structure of the empire. 85 The legislation with which Mehmet II finally determined the status of the timar is of considerable interest as far as the degree of socioeconomic development that Ottoman society had attained after the mid-fifteenth century is concerned.

Ould be populated by such households. Practices in the Transfer of Timars All operations connected with the transfer of a timar from one person to another were described with the general term tahvil ("change," a more limited transfer). s-involved, to the son of a deceased or aged timar holder. " An examination of the timar registers of the same period, or more precisely, those of them in which data regarding changes in timars can be found, would not create the same impression, however. Of the listed 335 timars in the Arvanid sancak, a mere fifty-nine were in the hands of the sons of the previous timar-holder, and only six were third-generation sipahis.

The fact that Mehmet II made such an attempt, and succeeded in carrying it out within the framework of his administration, means that the sipahis were already sufficiently strong to support the central government against the owners of large mUlks and vakifs and had already established themselves in a firm position in the social structure of the empire. 85 The legislation with which Mehmet II finally determined the status of the timar is of considerable interest as far as the degree of socioeconomic development that Ottoman society had attained after the mid-fifteenth century is concerned.

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