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Constructing Ottoman Beneficence: An Imperial Soup Kitchen in Jerusalem / Edition 1
     

Constructing Ottoman Beneficence: An Imperial Soup Kitchen in Jerusalem / Edition 1

by Amy Singer
 

ISBN-10: 0791453529

ISBN-13: 9780791453520

Pub. Date: 05/28/2002

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Presents the political, social, and cultural context behind Ottoman charity.

Ottoman charitable endowments (waqf) constituted an enduring monument to imperial beneficence and were important instruments of policy. One type of endowment, the public soup kitchen (>imaret) served travelers, scholars, pious mystics, and local indigents alike. Constructing

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Presents the political, social, and cultural context behind Ottoman charity.

Ottoman charitable endowments (waqf) constituted an enduring monument to imperial beneficence and were important instruments of policy. One type of endowment, the public soup kitchen (>imaret) served travelers, scholars, pious mystics, and local indigents alike. Constructing Ottoman Beneficence examines the political, social, and cultural context for founding these public kitchens. It challenges long-held notions about the nature of endowments and explores for the first time how Ottoman modes of beneficence provide an important paradigm for understanding universal questions about the nature of charitable giving.

A typical and well-documented example was the imaret of Hasseki Hurrem Sultan, wife of Sultan Süleyman I, in Jerusalem. The imaret operated at the confluence of imperial endowment practices and Ottoman food supply policies, while also exemplifying the role of imperial women as benefactors. Through its operations, the imaret linked imperial Ottoman and local Palestinian interests, integrating urban and rural economies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791453520
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Series:
SUNY series in Near Eastern Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.47(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Note on Ottoman Turkish and Arabic Transliterations

Introduction

1. “Devote the fruits to pious purposes”

What is a waqf?
The roots of waqf
Why found a waqf?
The Ottomans

2. A Bowl of Soup and a Loaf of Bread

The written record
Institutions of the endowment
Endowed properties
Personnel
Soup
Why Jerusalem?

3. Ladies Bountiful

The conflated traditions: Hurrem-Helena
Beneficence and women in Islamic history

Early examples
The Byzantine factor
Turco-Mongol heritage
The Ottomans

The Gender of Beneficence

4. Serving Soup in Jerusalem

A report from the 'imaret
On management
Getting started
Tax arrears and firewood
Food for all
Building a bath
Dealing in grain
Adding to the endowment

5. Feeding Power

Provisioning

Istanbul and Topkapı Palace
Provincial towns
The army on campaign
Janissaries
Hajj caravans

On the word 'imaret
Pre-Ottoman precedents
An Ottoman institution

Conclusion: Practicing Beneficence

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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