Resm-i hınzır

The resm-i hınzır ("Pig tax") was a tax on pigs in the Ottoman empire.[1]

Although pork was theoretically banned in the Ottoman empire, some trade continued - alongside trade in alcohol. One fatwa specifically claimed the resm-i hınzır (along with the resm-i arusane, a bride tax) should end; but the trade, and the tax on it, continued regardless - occasionally disguised as "gifts".[2]


  1. ACCOUNTING METHOD USED BY OTTOMANS FOR 500 YEARS: STAIRS (MERDIBAN) METHOD. Turkish Republic Ministry of Finance Strategy Development Unit.
  2. Princeton papers: interdisciplinary journal of Middle Eastern studies. Markus Wiener Publishers. 13-14: 130. 2005. ISSN 1084-5666. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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