Crafts and Craftsmen of the Middle East: Fashioning the Individual in the Muslim Mediterranean (The Islamic Mediterranean Series)

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This volume presents research on craft workers within and outside the guild structure from the modern and contemporary Mediterranean world. Several of the essays are based on research relating to the late sixteenth-century Ottoman Empire while other studies deal with traditional style crafts in twentieth-century Turkey and Egypt such as tanning or the manual production of copper vessels where Ottoman craft traditions were still of significance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860647000
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/11/2005
  • Series: Islamic Mediterranean Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Randi Deguilhem is a Permanent Senior Researcher (CR1 habilitée) with the CNRS, IREMAM-MMSH, Aix-en-Provence.

Suraiya Faroqhi is a professor at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich, Germany.

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Table of Contents

Section One: Principles of Guilds
• Understanding Ottoman Guilds—Suraiya Faroqhi
• Guild Parades in Ottoman Literature: The Sûrnâme of 1572—Gisela Prochazka-Eisl
• Guild Membership in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul: Fluidity in Organisation—Eunjeong Yi
• Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Craftsmen: Problématiques and Sources—Suraiya Faroqhi
Section Two: Social Life, Politics and Guilds
• ‚uha for the Janissaries - Velençe for the Poor. Competition for Raw Material and Workforce between Salonica and Veria, 1600-1650— Eleni Gara
• The Millers and Bakers of Istanbul (1750-1840)—Salih Aynural
• A Pound of Flesh: The Meat Trade and Social Struggle in Jewish Istanbul, 1700-1923—Minna Rozen
• Organising Labour: Professional Classifications in Late Eighteenth to Early Nineteenth-Century Cairo—Pascale Ghazaleh
• Religious Mixity and Infrastructural Hierarchy: The Builder's Guild and the Repair of the Treasury in Mid-Nineteenth Century Damascus—Randi Deguilhem
Section Three: The End of Guilds
• Relations of Production and Social Conditions among the Coppersmiths in Contemporary Cairo—Claudia Kickinger
• Histories and Economies of a Small Anatolian Town: Safranbolu and Its Leather-Handicrafts—Heidemarie Doganalp-Votzi
• The End of Guilds in Egypt: Restructuring Textiles in the Long Nineteenth Century— John Chalcraft

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