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The Politics of Households in Ottoman Egypt

The Politics of Households in Ottoman Egypt
The Rise of the Qazdaglis


Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Date Published: April 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521892940

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  • In a lucidly argued revisionist study of Ottoman Egypt, first published in 1996, Jane Hathaway challenges the traditional view that Egypt's military elite constituted a revival of the institutions of the Mamluk sultanate. The author contends that the framework within which this elite operated was the household, a conglomerate of patron-client ties that took various forms. In this respect, she argues, Egypt's elite represented a provincial variation on an empire-wide, household-based political culture. The study focuses on the Qazdagli household. Originally, a largely Anatolian contingent within Egypt's Janissary regiment, the Qazdaglis dominated Egypt by the late eighteenth century. Using Turkish and Arabic archival sources, Jane Hathaway sheds light on the manner in which the Qazdaglis exploited the Janissary rank hierarchy, while forming strategic alliances through marriage, commercial partnerships and the patronage of palace eunuchs.

    • Revisionist and pioneering study of Ottoman Egypt's military society
    • New information from archival material will make significant contribution to knowledge and understanding of the period
    • An up and coming scholar, already well-known in her field, who writes with clarity and enthusiasm
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    '… this work is an important achievement and sets the study of Egypt in this period on a new path.' Reuven Amitai-Preiss, The Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521892940
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 156 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 4 maps 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Egypt's place in the Ottoman Empire
    Part I. The Household and its Place in Ottoman Egypt's History:
    2. The household
    3. Transformations in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Egyptian society
    4. The emergence and partnership of the Qazdagli and Jalfi households
    5. The ascendancy of Ibrahim Kahya al-Qazdagli and the emergence of the Qazdagli Beylicate
    Part II. Qazdagli Household-Building Strategies:
    6. Marriage alliances and the role of women in the household
    7. Property and commercial partnerships
    8. The Qazdaglis and the Chief Black eunuch
    9. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Jane Hathaway, Ohio State University

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