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State and Provincial Society in the Ottoman Empire : Mosul, 1540-1834 - Dina Rizk Khoury

State and Provincial Society in the Ottoman Empire

Mosul, 1540-1834

Hardcover Published: 13th February 1998
ISBN: 9780521590600
Number Of Pages: 272

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Dina Rizk Khoury's book, which spans three centuries of Ottoman history, offers a new interpretation of relations between the central Ottoman empire and the frontier city of Mosul during the early modern period. Basing her work on Ottoman and Iraqi archival sources, the author demonstrates that, contrary to the accepted view, the links between the central state and provincial social groups in fact grew stronger throughout the period. The development and expansion of the system of tax farms and entitlements, for example, bound the provincial service gentry, drawn from mercantile, military and bureaucratic provincial families, to the Ottoman state structure, notwithstanding the apparent weakening of administrative controls. This comparative and broad-ranging book will be of interest to Middle East historians and Ottomanists, as well as to those concerned with the process of state formation in the early modern period. Prizewinner - The British-Kuwait Friendship Society prize in Middle Eastern studies

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"...she has mastered the sources needed to write a thorough study of Ottoman Mosul. ...this is a book that should be widely read, for it has much to offer a broad historical audience." James A. Reilly, Canadian Journal of History "...Khoury is to be applauded for both her effort and results." International Journal of Middle East Studies "Dina Rizk Khoury's impressive and rich work is based on substantial archival research that draws on both central Ottoman and local Mosul archives. It is an important addition to Ottoman studies and to the rediscovery of the complex history of the Arab provinces." Maher Jarrar, MESA Bulletin "Dr. Khoury's study is an important contribution to a major refinement of our understanding of the Ottoman imperial state." Weston F. Cook, Jr., Sixteenth Century Journal "The book is at its best in depicting the world view of the provincials, an exceptional achievement that remains rare in Ottoman studies." Turkish Studies Association Bulletin "...this book occupies a significant position alongside those challenging once-accepted characterizations of total decline during the empire's later centuries. This work greatly benefits from the author's efforts to recognize the plurality of interests at play in defining the conduct of the central state's and local actors' varied relationships, a significant departure from existing reductionist approaches, which have yielded dualistic stereotypes. Khoury's work yields a critical study of the political and socioeconomic contexts of life in a late-Ottoman provincial setting, which meaningfully enhances existing scholarshipo and would be of great utility to academics engaged in social and other histories of the early modern Middle East." Religious Studies Review

List of abbreviations
Notes on transliteration
Introductionp. 1
The making of a regional economy: city, hinterland, and state, 1540-1700p. 23
War and provincial societyp. 44
When Osmalis ate the crumbs and left the bread behind: tax farming and provincial societyp. 75
Between khassa and 'amma: elites and commoners in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Mosulp. 111
The language of politics: views on sultans, corruption, and land taxesp. 156
The practice of politicsp. 188
Conclusionp. 213
The endowments of the Jalili householdsp. 216
Peasant income in 1852-5 according to the inheritance records of the Province of Mosulp. 219
Tevzi document of taxes imposed on craft guildsp. 225
Tevzi document of taxes imposed on the villages of Mosulp. 228
Bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 242
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ISBN: 9780521590600
ISBN-10: 0521590604
Series: Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 13th February 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57