Identity and Real Estate in the Ottoman İstanbul

Teke Ö. , Ünveren B. , Doygun E.

4th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL SCIENCES AICSS 2020, İstanbul, Turkey, 10 - 11 September 2020, pp.18

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.18


The first cadastral survey of Istanbul was conducted in 1875. The survey covers all houses, shops, land, and public buildings. The collected data include the size, type, material of construction, and ownership of all real properties in İstanbul at the time. We first transcribe the original cadastral archives from Ottoman Turkish to modern Turkish for a particular region, Langa – a predominantly non-Muslim neighborhood. Utilizing the distinctive differences between Muslim and non-Muslim names of the property owners allows us to obtain historical microeconomic data on real estate and religious identity. We analyze this data using certain econometric techniques to see the interaction between identity, space, and wealth from a historical perspective in the Ottoman İstanbul.