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Private Property in Period of Ottoman Empire and Its Structural Characteristics

There is a general belief that there was not an unconditional private property in the Ottoman period because of existence of tımar system. However, some authors who maintain opposite of this general belief argue that private property was realized with vaqfs. Private property during the Ottoman period commonly was in cities and was protected by the state. Actually, this circumstance was a result of a selection. Ottomans did not prefer bureaucratic structure in every fields like ancient Egyptians and Persians. They preferred a structure in parallel with ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. They probably accepted sovereignty of bureaucracy as an opposite power element against the government. Consequently, feudal Middle Age Europe lived this trouble in Ottoman building and in developing process. The Ottomans used merchants in carrying agricultural surplus products as raw material or as manufactured commodity to essential bureaucratic cities like Istanbul in a world where agricultural production was a basis and cities fed with agricultural surplus production. Primitive industrialists also became artisans and tradesmen. Condition of market economy was compulsorily constituted to provide such a surplus product flow and, in this framework, private property was instituted. Vaqfs which surpassed unconditional private property and bruised competitive conditions in the market economy was a structure over the private property.

Turkish economic history, development economics, social policy, history of social policy, unconditio