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From the Publisher...Singer's study ... will be a major landmark in this field, and in the social history of the Ottoman Empire at large. Its clear and concise style will help to make it a standard assignment for undergraduate and graduate courses ... In its attempt to bring together the historiography of social and political life in the Ottoman Empire ... [this book] breaks important new ground.— H-Net Reviews (H-Turk)
"Constructing Ottoman Beneficence is an admirable example of what a monograph can be. Singer has read a rich body of archival sources deeply, producing an excellent analysis of the Hasseki Sultan waqf and imaret."— International Journal of Middle East Studies
"...the book contributes to our understanding of Ottoman philanthropic policy ... and of the role of highly placed women in this policy ... it provides insight into life in Jerusalem in the mid-sixteenth century."— Journal of Palestine Studies
"A tightly argued look at a remarkably rich set of records about a royal patronage institution in the grand imperial age of the Ottomans."— Virginia Aksan, McMaster University
"This book will be useful because of its readability, clarity, and the way it unites the different strands of political, religious, social, and economic history."— Linda T. Darling, University of Arizona"