Guild Dynamics in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul: Fluidity and Leverage

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The Istanbul guilds of the Ottoman Empire witnessed a period of profound economic and political turbulence throughout the seventeenth century. Drawing on the kadi court records of Istanbul, the author explores issues of guild organization, questions the so-called traditionalism of Ottoman guilds, and examines the ability of the guilds to negotiate with the state during times of peace, war and revolt. Not only does this study shed new light on the question of what the Ottoman guilds were and what they were capable...

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Overview

The Istanbul guilds of the Ottoman Empire witnessed a period of profound economic and political turbulence throughout the seventeenth century. Drawing on the kadi court records of Istanbul, the author explores issues of guild organization, questions the so-called traditionalism of Ottoman guilds, and examines the ability of the guilds to negotiate with the state during times of peace, war and revolt. Not only does this study shed new light on the question of what the Ottoman guilds were and what they were capable of, but it also places the guilds of Istanbul into the wider, dynamic context of contemporary history. This work is a valuable addition to anyone interested in Ottoman social and political history.

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  • ISBN-13: 9789004129443
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Series: Ottoman Empire and its Heritage Series , #27
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Eunjeong Yi, Ph.D. (2000) in History, Harvard University, is a lecturer at Seoul National University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Abbreviations
A Note on Transliteration
A Note on Translation
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Setting: Seventeenth-Century Istanbul 19
Ch. 2 The Organization and Operation of Guilds 41
a The Guild as a Collective Body: Membership, Leadership and Guild Activities 41
b Individual Members and the Guild 90
c Inter-guild Relationships 105
Ch. 3 Guilds, "Traditionalism," and Change 113
a How "Conservative" Were the Guilds? - Rhetoric and Reality 113
b New Developments in the Guild System 125
Ch. 4 The Government-Guild Relationship. The Negotiating Power of the Guildsmen vis-a-vis the State 167
a Government Stance toward Istanbul Guilds and Guildsmen 167
b Government Involvement in the Guild System 176
c Petitions and Appeals by Guilds and Guildsmen 196
d Uprising as an Extended Form of Negotiation: The Case of the 1651 Rebellion 213
Conclusion 237
Appendices 243
App. A Lists of Trades in Law Codes (Kanunnameler) and Price Registers (Narh Defterleri) 245
App. B Lists of Trades Based on Descriptions of the Guild Procession in 1582 255
App. C Trades that Had Shops in the 1670s 261
App. D List of Trades Found in Court Records 265
App. E The 62 Guilds (Hirfet) Not Subject to Ihtisab Texes in 1092/1681-82 269
App. F Database: Guilds Found in Group Appeals 271
Bibliography 291
Index 303
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