Mustafa Alkan

Keywords: Ushak, Cash Waqfs, 1890-1923, Ottoman


The aim of this research is to examine the waqfs established in Uşak between 1890 and 1923 from a socio-economic perspective. In this period, 52 waqfs were established in Uşak. These waqfs covered the expenditure of various hayrât institutions. In addition to these, waqfs established for socio-religious purposes. There were also monetary waqfs established both in the centre of the town as well as in the country side. There was an increase in the number of monetary waqfs especially established in the countryside. The reason for this was the migrations from other regions as a result of policy of compulsory setdement put into practice by the Ottoman Government.