PRISHTINE TOWN AT THE TIME OF FATİH SULTAN MEHMED (According to Cadastral Record Books
FATİH SULTAN MEHMED DEVRİ PRİŞTİNE KAZASI (Tahrir Defterlerine Göre)

Author : Rahman ŞAHİN
Number of pages : 207-221

Abstract

Prishtine, currently the capital of Kosovo State, was a marketing point for the villagers where they sell their products to Serbs, Albanians and Vlahs living there. Prishtine was headed by Georg Brankoviç, Vuk Brankoviç’s son, before it was conquerred by the Ottoman State. According the initial period Ottoman resources the region including Trepçe, Zveçan, Vılçıtrın, Prizren and Skopje as well as Prishtine was called Vılk province. Except Skopje, which was conquerred in 1392, these cities were conquerred during the second Serbia campaign of Fatih Sultan Mehmed in 1455. And upon this event, a period of population and therefore Islamisation was launched specifically at the city centers. After the conquest, the population registry of Vılk-province was performed. As a result of this, the cadastral record books of the region have been created under the name of “Defter-i Vilayet-i Vılk”. The town of Prishtine which was connected to Sanjak of Vılçıtrın, is a residential place headed by the Kadı (Muslim Judge). As a result of population registers conducted after the conquest of region until the end of Fatih Sultan Mehmed era, lots of information has been gathered about the region up-to-now. According to registers, Prishtine was of the six towns connected to Sanjak of Vılçıtrın, with nine quarters and a market place administered in a feudal structure through the end of Fatih Sultan Mehmed era. The study analyzes the demographical, economic and military aspects of Prishtine town in accordance with the data gathered from the cadastral record books included in the Prime Ministerial Ottoman Archives about the region, arranged between 1455 and 1477.

Keywords

Prishtine, Cadastral Record Books, Tax, Fief System.

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