Spouse Selection and Marital Mobility in the Ottoman Empire Observations From Eighteenth-Century Kastamonu

Ergene B. A., Kaygun A.

HISTORICAL METHODS, vol.45, no.1, pp.3-20, 2012 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 45 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01615440.2011.624984
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.3-20
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


Based on the information found in probate estate inventories, this article examines patterns of spousal preference and marital mobility in eighteenth-century Ottoman Kastamonu, located in northern Anatolia. For this purpose, we introduce quantitative techniques and categories of analysis specifically designed for Ottoman sources, primarily postmortem estate inventories (terekes), allowing us to measure how various socioeconomic groups established marital associations and to what extent they married other groups. The article also compares marital and intergenerational mobility patterns in eighteenth-century Kastamonu.