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A kadiluk, in some cases equivalent to a kaza, was a local administrative subdivision of the Ottoman empire, which was the territory of a kadı, or judge.[1]

There could be several kadiluks in a sanjak. The kadı's duties extended beyond those of a modern judge; in addition to law enforcement, kadiluks were involved in matters such as taxation and conscription.[2][3]

Although every kaza had a kadı, not every kadı was in charge of a kaza; a kadı's position moved, over time, with demographic and political changes.[4] In the Tanzimat reforms of 1864, kadiluks were decoupled from kazas.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Malcolm, Noel (1994). Bosnia: A Short History. Macmillan. p. 50. ISBN 0-330-41244-2.
  2. ^ Malcolm, Noel (1998). Kosovo: A Short History. Macmillan. pp. 98–99. ISBN 0-330-41224-8.
  3. ^ Ginio, Eyal. "Neither Muslims nor Zimmis: The Gypsies (Roma) in the Ottoman State" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 November 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help) "These records mirror the diversity of the kadi's responsibilities in the Ottoman city"
  4. ^ Hickok, Michael Robert (1997). Ottoman military administration in eighteenth-century Bosnia. Brill. p. 54. ISBN 978-90-04-10689-5.