Rediscovering Palestine

Rediscovering Palestine

by Beshara Doumani, B. Doumani
     
 


Drawing on previously unused primary sources, this book paints an intimate and vivid portrait of Palestinian society on the eve of modernity. Through the voices of merchants, peasants, and Ottoman officials, Beshara Doumani offers a major revision of standard interpretations of Ottoman history by investigating the ways in which urban-rural dynamics in a provincial… See more details below

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Drawing on previously unused primary sources, this book paints an intimate and vivid portrait of Palestinian society on the eve of modernity. Through the voices of merchants, peasants, and Ottoman officials, Beshara Doumani offers a major revision of standard interpretations of Ottoman history by investigating the ways in which urban-rural dynamics in a provincial setting appropriated and gave meaning to the larger forces of Ottoman rule and European economic expansion. He traces the relationship between culture, politics, and economic change by looking at how merchant families constructed trade networks and cultivated political power, and by showing how peasants defined their identity and formulated their notions of justice and political authority.

Original and accessible, this study challenges nationalist constructions of history and provides a context for understanding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It is also the first comprehensive work on the Nablus region, Palestine's trade, manufacturing, and agricultural heartland, and a bastion of local autonomy. Doumani rediscovers Palestine by writing the inhabitants of this ancient land into history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520203709
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/12/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Plates, and Tables
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Note on Translation and Transliteration
Introduction: Palestine and the Ottoman Interior1
1The Meanings of Autonomy16
2Family, Culture, and Trade54
3Cotton, Textiles, and the Politics of Trade95
4The Political Economy of Olive Oil131
5Soap, Class, and State182
Conclusion233
Appendix 1. Weights and Measures247
Appendix 2. Court Records, Judges, and Private Family Papers249
Appendix 3. Soap Factories and the Process of Production252
Glossary259
Notes261
Select Bibliography309
Index327

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