A study of land tenure in the Old Babylonian period with special reference to the Diyala Region, based on published and unpublished texts.
This thesis discusses the system of land tenure in
the Diyala region, Babylonia, Mari and Alala. during the Old
Babylonian period. It comprises two parts. The first part,
divided into four chapters, gives a detailed account and
discusses the references to the subject in the published
cuneiform sources and modern literature. The second part,
divided into three chapters, considers the evidence from
Chapter I is divided into three sections. The
first section discusses the purpose of this study and
considers the existing literature on the subject. Section
two gives a survey of the excavations carried cut in the
main cities of the Diyala region and their results. Section
three reveiews the different theories proposed with regard
to the system of land tenure in the pre-Sargonic period and
Chapter II treats the status of crown-lands during
the Old Babylonian period in the four regions. It shows the
different categories of crown-lands and the ways of
exploiting them, either directly by the palace, through
rent-paying farmers or through people who rendered services
to the palace. It discusses also the nature of the services
rendered to the palace, the procedure for granting crownlands,
succession to and alienation of lands granted as such.
Chapter III deals with transactions of succession,
sale and rent relating to privately-owned lands; the procedure
for such transactions and the general scheme of
contracts recording them are discussed.
Chapter IV summarizes the conclusions reached in
each of the previous chapters.
Chapter I contains an edition of twenty-nine
unpublished texts from Tell Harmal and Tell al-Diba`i
relating to the system of land tenure in the Diyala region.
Chapter II consists of an index to the personal
names occurring in the texts edited in the previous chapter.
Chapter III provides cuneiform copies of the texts