(In the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey) a finance officer or treasurer, especially a provincial accountant general.
- The defterdar kept a book of all the inhabitants in every town or village, by the help of which the sultan levied taxes.
- Thus, for the appointment of a vizier or defterdar, the grand vizier's recommendation to the sultan and/or direct consultation was required.
- The taxation system of the Ottoman Empire was also regulated by the information of the defterdars to central government regarding the tax liabilities of the population.
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