Agrarian Relations in the Ottoman Empire in the 15th and 16th Centuries
Vera P. Moutafchieva
Columbia University Press
The principal form of feudal land ownership in the Ottoman Empire in the period under review, the form in which we find elements of the tradition of certain Moslem feudal formations, and of the conquered non-Turkish states, but which, at the same time, is typically Ottoman in the form in which it was dominant in the empire during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries is undoubedly the timar.
It was the principal form of landownership, not so much because of the fact that its relative share in the agrarian system was the largest (this statement, according to some data, is open to dispute), but because, within the framework of the centuries in question, it was an