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Palestinian Peasants and Ottoman Officials : Rural Administration around Sixteenth-Century Jerusalem - Amy Singer

Palestinian Peasants and Ottoman Officials

Rural Administration around Sixteenth-Century Jerusalem

By: Amy Singer, David Morgan (Editor)

Paperback Published: 16th January 1995
ISBN: 9780521476799
Number Of Pages: 220

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In a unique study of rural administration in the Ottoman empire, Amy Singer explores the relationship between Palestinian peasants and Ottoman officials in mid-sixteenth-century Jerusalem. Using court records, the author describes the mechanisms of tax collection and other aspects of local administration. The book emphasizes the interactive nature of Ottoman officialdom, which, while obliged to extract revenues from the peasants and impress them with its imperial authority, was profoundly influenced by local conditions and traditional practices.

"A meticulous study...[that] will become required reading for all social historians of Ottoman Palestine." Journal of Palestine Studies "...Singer's work demonstrates the kinds of understandings that historians can acheive through judicious use of Ottoman-era archival materials. It is a considerable achievement, and Singer asks questions about the Ottomans and their peasant subjects which could be usefully explored in other parts of the Empire." SHOFAR "Singer further enriches our knowledge of the forms of peasant resistance." The Turkish Studies Association Bulletin "...[Singer] has contributed to our understanding of peasant politics." Islamic Thought "Amy Singer's well-researched book uncovers information about the workings of the Ottoman administration on the provincial level and also the day-to-day relationship between the peasants and the Empire's officials...Singer's book is a valuable resource for anyone studying or teaching the history of the early years of the Ottoman Empire. Her extensive research brings to light many aspects of village life during the 16th century which have been neglected in other works...I would recommend the book to anyone doing research on the Ottoman Empire." Betty Anderson, Mesa Bulletin "Singer is to be complimented for her efforts. She has written a concise and engaging study...Singer's work is so valuable...Singer's book shows that some details of Ottoman peasants' history can be retrieved by a determined scholar." International Journal of Middle East Studies

List of mapsp. xi
List of tablesp. xii
Prefacep. xiii
Note on transliterationp. xv
Note on money, weights, and measuresp. xvi
Peasants, Palestine, and the Ottoman Empirep. 1
Palestine and the Ottoman Empirep. 3
Peasants and peasant studiesp. 10
Sourcesp. 17
Aspects of Authorityp. 24
Officialsp. 24
Peasantsp. 30
The ra'is al-fallahinp. 32
The Rules of Local Administrationp. 46
Taxationp. 47
Productionp. 55
The weight of taxationp. 58
Real Accounts and Accountingp. 64
Abu Disp. 64
Ayn Karimp. 71
Bittirp. 75
Nahiyat Bani Zaydp. 76
Bayt Lahm and Bayt Jalap. 80
'Inabp. 85
Conclusion on the paying of taxesp. 87
Between Rebellion and Oppressionp. 89
"Tamarrud ve fesad"--"rebellious" peasantsp. 90
"Zulm ve ta'addi"--"oppressive" officialsp. 107
Other disruptive factorsp. 113
Realities and Routinesp. 119
Images of authorityp. 122
Illusions of powerp. 124
Peasants and the Empirep. 127
Appendices
Survey information on individual villagesp. 132
Tables of imams and olive oilp. 137
List of village leadersp. 154
Notesp. 158
Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 198
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ISBN: 9780521476799
ISBN-10: 0521476798
Series: Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 16th January 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.33