The Politics of Households in Ottoman Egypt: The Rise of the Qazdaglis

The Politics of Households in Ottoman Egypt: The Rise of the Qazdaglis

by Jane Hathaway
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521571103

ISBN-13: 9780521571104

Pub. Date: 11/28/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In a lucidly argued revisionist interpretation of society in Ottoman Egypt in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Jane Hathaway challenges the traditional view that Egypt's military elite constituted a revival of the institutions of the Mamluk sultanate. The author contends that the basic framework within which Egypt's elite operated was the household, a…  See more details below

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In a lucidly argued revisionist interpretation of society in Ottoman Egypt in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Jane Hathaway challenges the traditional view that Egypt's military elite constituted a revival of the institutions of the Mamluk sultanate. The author contends that the basic framework within which Egypt's elite operated was the household, a conglomerate of patron-client ties that took various forms and included many different recruits. In this respect, she argues, Egypt's elite represented a provincial variation on an empire-wide, household-based political culture. The study focuses on the Qazdagli household. Originally a largely Anatolian contingent within Egypt's Janissary regiment, the Qazdaglis dominated Egypt by the late eighteenth century. Using Turkish and Arabic archival and narrative sources, Jane Hathaway sheds light on the manner in which the Qazdaglis exploited the Janissary rank hierarchy, while forming strategic alliances through marriage, commercial partnership, and the patronage of palace eunuchs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521571104
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization Series
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

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Table of Contents

Note on transliteration
List of illustrations
List of tables
Preface
List of abbreviations
Genealogical tables
Introduction1
Pt. IThe household and its place in Ottoman Egypt's history
1Egypt's place in the Ottoman Empire5
2The household17
3Transformations in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Egyptian military society32
4The emergence and partnership of the Qazdagli and Jalfi households52
5The ascendancy of Ibrahim Kahya al-Qazdagli and the emergence of the Qazdagli beylicate88
Pt. IIQazdagli household-building strategies
6Marriage alliances and the role of women in the household109
7Property and commercial partnerships125
8The Qazdaglis and the Chief Black Eunuch139
9Conclusions165
Glossary174
Bibliography180
Index190

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