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Marriage Contracts [Arabic - Sidāq][edit | edit source]

Research use: These records are the only source of specific marriage information and provide a marriage date. They also provide relationships helpful in lineage linking.

Record type: Legal contracts of marriage; essentially the closest thing in Islamic society to marriage records. In Islamic tradition marriage is considered a legal contract between two families and is not considered a religious sacrament. Islamic law courts [sharia] handled the majority of litigation, particularly in the domain of personal and family status including marriage and divorce.

Time period: 1622-1928.

Contents: Names of marriage candidates; dates of contract and marriage; parents (at least the father) of marital partners; details concerning dowry. Other details about these records are not available.

Location: At sharia court archives in various cities; many are found at the Ethnographic Museum in Ankara and the seat of the Mufti [Müftülük] in Istanbul. Other possible locations include the Sulaymaniye Library and the Topkap Museum in Istanbul.

Population coverage: Probably 75%; these records pertain to Muslim marriage only.

Reliability: Excellent.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Turkey,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1998.