Perception of Kadi in the Ottoman Society of the 17th Century from Evliya celebi's Perspective

Donmez I. H.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.95, pp.122-134, 2012 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.122-134
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


History books present huge amount of information on the role of kadies in the Ottoman law system. However, for a better understanding of the role played by the kadies in the justice system, it will be more beneficial to display the public opinion about kadies in the scope of their daily life. Book of Travels, written by Evliya celebi, was chosen as the study subject since it is thought to go beyond being a historical document and to transfer cultural values to future generations. Revealing of the law-related social culture will enable academicians to develop a wider perspective in this scope. In line with this aim, this study examined the law-related concepts explained in the Book of Travels, a popular narration of the 17th century. This study examined in detail how Evliya celebi, an Ottoman elite, addressed the law order from his perspective of "an Ottoman-dominant world"; the elements he highlighted when discussing kadies; and his observations about the places kadies worked. Court-related narrations spread among people via oral culture and reflected to the Book of Travels were examined in this study in order to understand the justice and kadi perceptions of the 17th century Ottoman people.