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Constructing Ottoman Beneficence: An Imperial Soup Kitchen in Jerusalem
     

Constructing Ottoman Beneficence: An Imperial Soup Kitchen in Jerusalem

by Amy Singer
 

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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

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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 Has

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Those interested in women's roles as charitable patrons, the Ottomans, and the Islamic institution of will find this study a welcome addition to the field. Singer (history, Tel Aviv U., Israel) provides a detailed, thoroughly documented history of the charitable soup kitchen in Jerusalem that was run by Hasseki Hurrem Sultan, wife of Suleyman I. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“…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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791488768
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/18/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
899 KB

Meet the Author

Amy Singer teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History, Tel Aviv University. She is the author of Palestinian Peasants and Ottoman Officials: Rural Administration Around Sixteenth-Century Jerusalem.

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