From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Haraç (Serbian: harač) was a poll-tax in the Ottoman empire.[1]

Haraç was developed from an earlier form of land taxation, kharaj, and was, in principle, only payable by non-Muslims; it was seen as a counterpart to zakat paid by Muslims.[2] The haraç system later merged into the cizye taxation system.

Haraç collection was reformed by a firman of 1834, which abolished the old levying system, and required that haraç be raised by a commission composed of the kadı and the ayans, or municipal chiefs of rayas in each district. The firman made several other changes to taxation.


  1. ^ Malcolm, Noel (1994). Bosnia: A Short History. Macmillan. p. 318. ISBN 0-330-41244-2. 
  2. ^ Hunter, Malik and Senturk, p. 77