Sacred Law in the Holy City: The Khedival Challenge to the Ottomans as seen from Jerusalem, 1829-1841

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The Muslim community's political and socio-economic role in Jerusalem under Ottoman administration during 1830s is analyzed in this volume from a natural law perspective. A bitter political contest between Sultan Mahmud II and Muhammad Ali Pasha resulted in the military occupation of Syria and imposition of a brutal new political and legal regime which crushed the indigenous elites of southern Syria. Through a careful analysis of the archives of the Islamic law court of Jerusalem, the study offers a fresh appraisal of how the Ottoman Empire ruled Jerusalem and considers the Muslim response, elucidating the reasons for the breakdown of their relations with non-Muslim Ottoman subjects and differentiating the Ottoman understanding of law and government from that of their enemies, the Wahhabis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004138100
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/30/2004
  • Series: Ottoman Empire and its Heritage Series, #32
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Mendelsohn Rood, Ph.D. (1993) in History, University of Chicago, M.A. (1982) in Arab Studies, Georgetown University, and B.A. (1980) in History, New College is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History, Government, and Social Science at Biola University in La Mirada, California.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Jerusalem, the Shari'a, and the fundaments of Ottoman provincial government 24
Ch. 3 The invasion of Jerusalem : 1831 73
Ch. 4 The establishment of Khedival rule and the reaction in Jerusalem : 1832-1834 87
Ch. 5 The rebellion : summer 1834 122
Ch. 6 A study in the application of law in Jerusalem under Khedival rule 141
Ch. 7 Epilogue : the sultan and the Khedive 194
App A note on transliterations of Arabic and Turkish words 215
App A note on the Islamic court records as a source 217
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