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This article is about the Ottoman official. For other uses, see Kadi.

A kadı was an official in the Ottoman empire. Based on the Islamic concept of a judge (Arabic: قاضيqāḍī), the Ottoman official also had extra duties; they performed local administrative tasks, and they were involved in taxation and conscription.[1] They might even appeal matters of taxation to central authority; around 1718 the kadı of Janjevo complained to Istanbul that the local lord had set the ispence (a tax) at 80 akçes, rather than official rate of 32.[2]

A kadı's territory was called a kadiluk; there could be several kadiluks in a sanjak. Each kaza, governed by a Kaymakam, had a kadı (though not every kadı was assigned to one kaza, and the boundaries would shift over time).


  1. ^ Jennings, Ronald (1979). "Limitations of the Judicial Powers of the Kadi in 17th C. Ottoman Kayseri". Studia Islamica (50): pp. 151–184. JSTOR 1595562. 
  2. ^ Malcolm, Noel (1999). Kosovo: A Short History. Harper Perennial. ISBN 978-0-06-097775-7.