The records including the provisions resulting from the proceedings made by Kadi, the letters sent from the center and the correspondences between the Kadi and the other administrators, are referred to as “Şer’iyye Sicilleri” meaning court records in English. Shar’iyyah Records, which have traces of all aspects of social life, have an important role in the researches about the Ottoman social structure. In particular, they are the records which have the most detailed documents related to our issues such as marriage, divorce. The concept ‘family’ has different definitions in different societies and in different scientific fields. However, the ‘family’ in general terms means the most basic social unity resulted from the marriage of a woman and a man. The family, which is regarded as the smallest unit of social structure, is under the control of many religious, cultural, economic, social and political factors depending on when and where they exist. That is why different family models have been observed in different societies. In this context, based on Urfa Shar’iyyah Records, the family structure in Urfa in the 19th century will be analysed in our study. Within the scope of the study, it was intended to examine the marriages and marriage patterns of Muslims and non-Muslims in Urfa, whether there is a difference in terms of the number of spouses between a Muslim family and a non-Muslim family as well as the number of children. Likewise, the fact that the city has an ethnic richness and that different cultures and beliefs coexist will contribute to the evaluation of the family structure in Urfa from different perspectives.
Family, Woman, Shar’iyyah Records, Urfa