Frontiers of the State in the Late Ottoman Empire: Transjordan, 1850-1921

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Until the mid-nineteenth century, Transjordan was a frontier region of the Ottoman province of Syria. In a time of European challenges to Ottoman integrity, the region's strategic location, linking Syria to Palestine and Arabia, motivated the Ottoman state to extend direct rule over this region. Using new archival material from Ottoman, Arabic and European sources, Eugene Rogan documents the case of Transjordan to provide a theoretically informed and articulate account of how the Ottoman state restructured and redefined itself during the last decades of its empire.
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"Rogan's study makes a significant contribution to scholarly discussions of Ottoman and Middle Eastern history by pointing out just how effective Ottoman provincial administration could be in the late nineteenth century." History

"By choosing to differentiate between the construction of a state infrastructure and the creation of a nation, Rogan offers a new context in which to think of the late Ottoman period, the subsequent creation of Transjordan/Jordan, and nation and state-building in general. This book is thus a much-welcomed addition to each of these literatures." Arab Studies Journal

"...Rogan utilizes Ottoman state documents, European diplomatic sources, and memoirs. Rogan's book is beautifully clear and well organized." - Linda T. Darling, University of Arizona

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521663120
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Series: Cambridge Middle East Studies Series, #12
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

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List of illustrations
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The Transjordan frontier in 1850 21
2 Ottomans: establishing a permanent presence in Transjordan 44
3 Settlement: colonization, the application of the 1858 Land Law, and their fiscal consequences 70
4 Merchants 95
5 Missionaries 122
6 Accommodation: rapid social change in Ottoman Transjordan 160
7 Resistance: popular rebellion and the 1910 Karak Revolt 184
8 The First World War 218
9 Epilogue: an interregnum 241
Select bibliography 256
Index 267
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