Tax Stories from South Anatolia

Mesut Sert

Abstract


In this research, the data obtained from the oral history interviews with both sides – tax payer peasants and tax collectors – are used to interpret how tax relations work and how this process is perceived by the tax payer.  Based on the idea that nicknames might offer a more realistic framework in this sense, the nicknames given to tax collectors, such as Rıza of the Cliff (Uçurumlu Rıza), Mustafa the Angel (Melek Mustafa), the Slender Tyrant (İnce Zalım), and the Black/Yellow Hell (Kara/Sarı Cehennem), are  believed to be a representative of the relationship between both parties. Never published before in another medium, the story of Süleyman, the Butcher (Kasap Süleyman) is also hereby introduced into field literature.  


Keywords


Fiscal Sociology, Fiscal History, Oral History, Tax Collector

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18533/ijbsr.v6i4.953

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