Travels In Syria And The Holy Land By John Lewis Burckhardt


























































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village being rated for the Miri in the land-tax book of the Pasha, at a
fixed sum, that - Page 380
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Every Village Being Rated For The Miri In The Land-Tax Book Of The Pasha, At A Fixed Sum, That Sum Is Levied As Long As The Village Is At All Inhabited, However Few May Be Its Inhabitants.

In the spring of every year, or, if no strangers have arrived and settled, in every second or third

Spring, the ground of the village is measured by long cords, when every Fellah occupies as much of it as he pleases, there being always more than sufficient; the amount of his tax is then fixed by the Sheikh, at the ratio which his number of Fedhans bears to the whole number of Fedhans cultivated that year. Whether the oxen be strong or weak, or whether the quantity of seed sown or of land cultivated by the owner of the oxen be more or less, is not taken into consideration; the Fellah is supposed to keep strong cattle, and plough as much land as possible. Some sow six Gharara of wheat or barley in the Fedhan, others five, and others seven. The boundaries of the respective fields are marked by large stones [Arabic]. The Miri is paid in kind, or in money, at the will of the Pasha; the Fellahs prefer the latter, by which they are always trifling gainers.

From what has been said, it is evidently impossible for the Fellah to foresee the amount of Miri which he shall have to pay in any year; and in addition to this vexation, the Miri for each village, though it is never diminished upon a loss of inhabitants, is sometimes raised upon a supposed increase of population, or upon some other pretext.

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