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Palestinian Peasants and Ottoman Officials

Palestinian Peasants and Ottoman Officials
Rural Administration around Sixteenth-Century Jerusalem

Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Date Published: January 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521476799

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  • In a unique study of rural administration in the Ottoman Empire, Amy Singer explores the relationship between Palestinian peasants and Ottoman provincial officials around Jerusalem in the mid-sixteenth century. With the use of court records, the author provides a detailed account of local conditions of production, the mechanisms for assessing and collecting taxes, and the strategies that were evolved in evading them. The book emphasises the complex, colourful and interactive nature of Ottoman provincial administration, which, while obliged to extract revenues from the peasants and impress them with the power of imperial authority, was nevertheless profoundly influenced by local conditions and traditional practices in its dealings with the populace.

    • Original study of countryside and rural administration in Ottoman empire
    • Accesses sources never previously explored which combine imperial and local references
    • A readable and concise volume which should be of interest to scholars in Ottoman history generally
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    • Date Published: January 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521476799
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • contains: 3 maps 12 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Peasants, Palestine, and the Ottoman Empire
    2. Aspects of authority
    3. The rules of local administration
    4. Real accounts and accounting
    5. Between rebellion and oppression
    6. Realities and routines
    Appendices.

  • Author

    Amy Singer, Tel-Aviv University

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