Sheep and Flock Tax Register of the Petruš Kaza Dating from the Year of 1597/98 Cover Image

Дефтер овчарине и торовине кадилука Петруш из 1597/98. године
Sheep and Flock Tax Register of the Petruš Kaza Dating from the Year of 1597/98

Author(s): Tatjana Katić
Subject(s): History
Published by: Istorijski institut, Beograd
Keywords: Оttoman Empire; register; sheep tax (âdet-i ağnâm); kaza of Petruš; sancak; Кruševac

Summary/Abstract: Taxation on breeding sheep and goats in our regions, regulated by customary law, and afterwards codified by Dušan's Code, was also incorporated into Sultan’s code of laws upon the fall under Turkish rule. Several taxes were comprised: tax on sheep, tax on flocks, tax on summer/winter pasture, as well as the prize for the sheep tax collectors. The overall amount of the sheep breeding tax income fell most frequently to the sultan himself, as was the case of the Petruš kaza sheep tax. On the territory of the Petruš kaza which encompassed the space east of the Velika Morava River, between Ćuprija and Stalać, inhabitants of fortyone village were breeding sheep at the end of the XVII century. Goats and sheep breeders were paying one akçe per head of cattle to the Ottoman state, which represented from 2,5% to 3,3% of the sheep value. As for the tax on flocks, they were paying the amount of five akçe for each 300 sheep. The sheep tax register which we are about to present, confirms the fact that a substantial number of sheep and goats was being bred on a relatively small area; approximately 23.860 heads.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 29
  • Page Range: 63-71
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Serbian
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