Mahzar from a Diplomatic Point of View Diplomatik Açidan Mahzar

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Turkish Journal of History, vol.0, no.75, pp.33-89, 2021 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 0 Issue: 75
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.26650/iutd.202133
  • Journal Name: Turkish Journal of History
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, L'Année philologique, Historical Abstracts, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.33-89
  • Keywords: Mahzar, Petition, Signature, Seal
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Mahzars, which are among the document types of Ottoman palaeography, are remarkable both in terms of their physical appearance and content. A multi-signature petition submitted to official authorities for complaints, requests, or thanks is called mahzar. Mahzars are noteworthy in terms of their size, their languages, their treatment in offices, and their numerous signatures, seals, fingerprints, and so on. It also has a remarkable feature in terms of reflecting social life and having particularly colorful content. This study examines the diplomatic features of mahzar, and attempts to show its elements, expressions, and shapes with examples.