The Urban Social History of the Middle East, 1750-1950

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The great cities of the Middle East and North Africa have long attracted the attention and interest of historians. With the discovery and wider use over the last few decades of the Islamic court records and Ottoman administrative documents, our knowledge of Middle Eastern cities between the seventeenth and early twentieth centuries has vastly expanded. Drawing upon a treasure trove of documents and using a variety of methodologies, the contributors succeed in providing a significant overview of the ways in which Middle Eastern cities can be studied, as well as an excellent introduction to current literature in the field.

Islam has often been characterized as an "urban religion"; recognizing Islam's deep ties to civic matters and to the city itself, the essays gathered here explore the interconnectedness between religion and its geography. The authors effectively define and map out urban social history in the Middle East from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, affording us a foundational volume that enriches our understanding of society in the late Ottoman and colonial periods.

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What People Are Saying

Keith David Watenpaugh
A foundational book in modern Middle East studies. . . .Among its many strengths is that it covers the basic issues of state, society, and city life in a way that will provide a wonderful starting point for a new generation of students and researchers. (Keith David Watenpaugh, author of Being Modern in the Middle East)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815631941
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Sluglett is professor of Middle Eastern history at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. He is the author of Britain in Iraq: Contriving King and Country and coauthor of Iraq since 1958: From Revolution to Dictatorship.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction Peter Sluglett Sluglett, Peter Edmund Burke III Burke, Edmund, III 1

2 Interdependent spaces : relations between the city and the countryside in the nineteenth century Sarah D. Shields Shields, Sarah D. 43

3 Political relations between city and state in the Middle East, 1700-1850 Dina Rizk Khoury Khoury, Dina Rizk 67

4 The economic organization of cities in Ottoman Syria Abdul-Karim Rafeq Rafeq, Abdul-Karim 104

5 Political relations between city and state in the colonial period Leila Fawaz Fawaz, Leila Robert Ilbert Ilbert, Robert 141

6 The demography of cities and the expansion of urban space Bernard Hourcade Hourcade, Bernard 154

7 Moving out of place : minorities in Middle Eastern urban societies, 1800-1914 Gudrun Kramer Kramer, Gudrun 182

8 Urban social movements, 1750-1950 Sami Zubaida Zubaida, Sami 224

Glossary 257

Bibliography 261

Index 315

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