For a long time, the social reality of family and household in the Ottoman Empire has been obscured as if by a heavy fog. This fog was somewhat broken up in the 1950s and 1960s by Ömer Lutfi Barkan and other historians, who started to use tax registers (tahrir defterleri) and the other documents in the field of demographic study. These scholars, mainly concerned with the study of social and economic issues, tried to determine mean household size as a coefficient, in order to estimate total population and analyze the demographic situation of the empire. Barkan's demographic study of the hane ("household" according to him) of the sixteenth century has stimulated discussion among scholars.1 However, the meaning of hane is a point that needs to be clarified.
|Title of host publication||Family History in the Middle East|
|Subtitle of host publication||Household, Property, and Gender|
|Publisher||State University of New York Press|
|Number of pages||25|
|ISBN (Print)||079145679X, 9780791456798|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|