Aziz Efendi describes himself as an “aged, distinguished, and loyal veteran in the Sultan’s service” who “is no longer capable of useful service” (R. Murphey (ed.-tr.) Kanûn-nâme-i sultânî li ‘Azîz Efendi: Aziz Efendi’s Book of Sultanic Laws and Regulations. An Agenda for Reform by a Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Statesman (Cambridge, MA 1985), 24). Various clues from his work imply that he was a scribe of the chancellery, possibly of the Imperial Council. He had recourse to original registers and also the experience of drawing draft versions and outlines for imperial orders, which he incorporated in his treatise. He also refers to an older report of his submitted to the Sultan “on the subject of the Grand Vezirate and other matters” (M4).
The audience also was the scribal bureaucracy, if we judge from the only existing copy, which was “bound into a volume intended as a learning manual for professional scribes” (Μ:vii). The volume also includes geographical and historical notices, poetry, a collection of fetvas and regulations, a catalogue of administrative divisions, a list of taxes, instructions for official correspondence and so forth.