Rediscovering Palestine: Merchants and Peasants in Jabal Nablus, 1700-1900 (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Sep 12, 1995 - History - 340 pages
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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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Contents

Palestine and the ottoman interior
1
Sources
9
THE MEANINGS OF AUTONOMY
16
Tables
48
FAMILY CULTURE AND TRADE
54
COTTON TEXTILES AND THE POLITICS OF TRADE
95
British cotton imports from Turkey 17251789
99
Cotton production in the Levant 1837
104
Soap and the Economy
187
Soap and Society
197
Account of soap cooked in Nabluss soap factories and of taxes assessed for each individual 18421843
213
Soap and the State
216
Conclusion
231
The Discourses of Modernity
240
Weights and Measures
247
Islamic Court records of Nablus 16551865
250

Cotton exports from Acre Haifa and Jaffa 18521875
106
English exports of cotton goods to the Ottoman Empire 18251860 121 7 British exports to SyriaPalestine 18361850
121
THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF OLIVE OIL
131
A Forced Marriage?
149
Redefining Identity and Political Authority
165
Conclusion
178
Soap factories in Nablus early nineteenth century
255
Soap production in the Levant 1837
257
Glossary
259
Select Bibliography
309
Index
327
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Beshara Doumani is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.

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