عنوان مقاله [English]
Purpose: To study social, economic, and cultural life of the people of the region though the contents of marriage certificates.
Method and Research Design: Data was collected and analyzed from marriage certificates held at the Central Archives of Astan Quds Razavi. Marriage certificates were divided into three groups: Mohammad Shah and early Naser Al-Din Shah years (circa. 1838-1855), Naser Al-Din Shah years (circa. 1856-1890), and later years of the Qajarid era (circa. 1890-1925).
Findings and Conclusion: Early marriage certificates are written in plain language. Items included in the certificates as mahriyyeh shows that the overall economic condition of people was not poor. Certificates of the second period are written in a more pedantic style, but show some economic improvements. It seems that marriage with people from out of the region had become more common than before. In the certificates of the of last period, mention of imported items indicates the expansion of trade with western countries as well as further improvement in economic condition of people.