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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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  2. Malcolm, Noel (1998). Kosovo: A Short History. Macmillan. pp. 98–99. ISBN   978-0-330-41224-7.
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