For Janissaries in Serbia, see Dahija
Dey (Arabic: داي),
from the Turkish
honorific title dayı
, literally meaning uncle, was the title given to the rulers of the Regency of Algiers
under the Ottoman Empire
from 1671 onwards. Twenty-nine deys
held office from the establishment of the deylicate in Algeria until the French conquest in 1830.
The dey was chosen by local civilian, military, and religious leaders to govern for life and ruled with a high degree of autonomy from the Ottoman sultan
. The main sources of his revenues were taxes on the agricultural population, religious tributes, and protection payments rendered by Corsairs
, regarded as pirates who preyed on Mediterranean
shipping. In the European part of the Ottoman Empire, in particular during its decline, leaders of the outlawed janissary and yamak troops
sometimes acquired title of Dahi or Dahia, which is derived from Dey.
The dey was assisted in governing made up of the Chiefs of the Army and Navy, the Director of Shipping, the Treasurer-General and the Collector of Tributes.
The realm of the dey of Alger (Algiers) was divided into three provinces (Constantine
, Titteri and Mascara
), each of which was administered by a bey
(باي) whom he appointed.
The rule of the deys of Alger came to an end on 5 July 1830, when Hussein Dey
(1765–1838) surrendered to invading French
Deys of Tunis
Bertarelli, L.V. (1929). Guida d'Italia, Vol. XVII
(in Italian). Milano: Consociazione Turistica Italiana.
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- ^ Dictionary.com - Dey
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- ^ Bertarelli (1929), p. 203.
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- ^ Bertarelli (1929), p. 204.
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