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State and Provincial Society in the Ottoman Empire

State and Provincial Society in the Ottoman Empire
Mosul, 1540–1834


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Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Date Published: May 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521894302

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  • Dina Rizk Khoury's book, which spans three centuries of Ottoman history, offers an interpretation of relations between the central Ottoman empire and the frontier city of Mosul during the early modern period. Basing her work on Ottoman and Iraqi archival sources, the author demonstrates that, contrary to the accepted view, the links between the central state and provincial social groups in fact grew stronger throughout the period. The development and expansion of the system of tax farms and entitlements, for example, bound the provincial service gentry, drawn from mercantile, military and bureaucratic provincial families, to the Ottoman state structure, notwithstanding the apparent weakening of administrative controls. This comparative and broad-ranging book will be of interest to Middle East historians and Ottomanists, as well as to those concerned with the process of state formation in the early modern period. Prizewinner - The British-Kuwait Friendship Society prize in Middle Eastern studies

    • Intriguing interpretation of provincial political culture in early modern period which accesses wide range of previously unused sources
    • Comparative approach which will appeal to a broad range of readers from historians, to political theorists
    • Chronologically very broad
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    • Winner of The British-Kuwait Friendship Society prize in Middle Eastern studies.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521894302
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 150 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.417kg
    • contains: 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The making of a regional economy
    3. War and provincial society
    4. When Osmalis ate the crumbs and left the bread behind: tax farming and provincial society
    5. Between Khassa and 'Amma: elites and commoners in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Mosul
    6. The language of politics: views on sultans, corruption, and land taxes
    7. The practice of politics
    8. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Dina Rizk Khoury, George Washington University, Washington DC


    • Winner of The British-Kuwait Friendship Society prize in Middle Eastern studies.

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