Prepared for publication by Ibrahim Rabaia,
Preface by Halit Eren,
Istanbul, 2013 (in Arabic)
This is the first volume of a series of publications about the registers of the Sharia courts of Al-Quds/Jerusalem during the Ottoman period. There are altogether 412 registers, dating from the period from 1529 to 1909. These registers are valuable first-hand sources that record cases reflecting life in Al-Quds/Jerusalem, relations between the local administration and the people, economic, social, etc. relations between the people partly with respect to their faith and sect of affiliation and social status, and information on many other subjects which, when added to that provided in other sources, would constitute a solid and reliable base for studies in history. In his Introduction, Dr. Rabaia explains his methodology and the types of information he has extracted from the registers. In this first volume he examines the register no. 107 which refers to the period from 5 August 1623 to10 April 1624 and contains cases reflecting social and economic life in the region. A table added to the beginning of the book, before the reproduction of the register, contains summary information on the cases included in the register. The first column of the table gives the name the third records the subject of the case and the fourth and last one has a summary of the case under the title “observations”. Guided by these pieces of information the reader can refer to the original copy reproduced in the book of great benefit are the index of terms and the index of place names, communities and businesses.