The Politics of Households in Ottoman Egypt: The Rise of the Qazdaglisby Jane Hathaway
Pub. Date: 11/28/1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
In a lucidly argued revisionist study of military society in Ottoman Egypt, Jane Hathaway contends that the basic framework within which this elite operated was the household, a conglomerate of patron-client ties. Using Turkish and Arabic archival sources, the author focuses on the Qazdagli household, a military group that came to dominate Egypt. This pioneering study will have a major impact on the understanding of Egyptian history, and will be essential reading for scholars in the field, and for pre-modern historians generally.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Egypt's place in the Ottoman Empire; Part I. The Household and its Place in Ottoman Egypt's History: 2. The household; 3. Transformations in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Egyptian society; 4. The emergence and partnership of the Qazdagli and Jalfi households; 5. The ascendancy of Ibrahim Kahya al-Qazdagli and the emergence of the Qazdagli Beylicate; Part II. Qazdagli Household-Building Strategies: 6. Marriage alliances and the role of women in the household; 7. Property and commercial partnerships; 8. The Qazdaglis and the Chief Black eunuch; 9. Conclusions.
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