I have two documents that clearly were issued by the Sultan's government, probably before 1896. They are in "Ottoman Turkish," that is, Turkish written with Arabic/Persian letters and with some Arabic or Persian words. I think they are tapus "deeds" - though if they were tapus, I've read that they would not have been deeds in the modern, Western sense - they would have conveyed the right to use a particular patch of public land.
Anyone know how to get these docs translated? I'd appreciate hearing from you.