New information about Bahši - bey waqf in Zvornik and Eastern Bosnia
This paper provides critical edition, translation, and a detailed analysis of two documents concerning Baḥşi Beg vaḳf in Zvornik and Eastern Bosnia. Documents are copied in Tuzla Sharia court record of 1054-55/1644-46 in the Gazi Husrev Bey Library in Sarajevo, as a part of the bequest of Osman Asaf-ef. Sokolović. The documents enable better understanding of history of the Baḥşi Beg’s vaḳf in Zvornik as well as of the Islamic culture in Eastern Bosnia in 17th century. Thanks to these documents, it is definitely proven that this endower’s name was indeed Baḥşi Beg.
Paper offers new data on the vaḳf structures, especially on the vaḳf bridge on the river Drinjača near Zvornik. It is proposed that the mutevelli service in this vaḳf was tied to the duty of imam in Baḥşi Beg mosque in Zvornik. Equally it is established that mutevelli was fulfilling the service of du‘ā-gūy. These two documents provide us with two distinct version about the legal conflict in regards to the service of mutevelli in the Baḥşi Beg’s vaḳf. Paper proposes a methodological approach in situation when two contemporary sources offer mutually contradictory data on the very same event and/or historical problem.