Economic Life in Ottoman Jerusalem

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 22, 2002 - History - 188 pages
Jerusalem was never just another Ottoman town, but in the heyday of the Ottoman Empire it displayed many of the characteristics of a Muslim traditional society. Professor Cohen makes full use of the rich and hitherto unexplored Arabic and Turkish archives relating to this period to reconstruct a vivid and detailed picture of everyday life in this lively urban centre. His study focuses on the major guilds of sixteenth-century Jerusalem - butchers, soap-producers and dealers, millers and bakers, describing and analysing their production methods, prices and measures, and the services they provided for the local population. In addition, their economic ties with neighbouring villages, as well as their social background and inter-relations are discussed. The author shows how this detailed knowledge can lead to a better understanding of the longer-term changes in the economy of the city and of the Empire as a whole.
 

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Contents

Butchers and meat consumption
11
Soap production and olive oil
61
Flour and bread
98
Conclusion
119
Note on abbreviations
128
Note on weights measures and monetary values
129
Appendix 1 Meat prices in Jerusalem
131
Appendix 2 Olive oil and soap prices in Jerusalem
140
Appendix 3 Flour and bread prices in Jerusalem
146
Appendix 4 A soapfactory in Jerusalem
152
Notes
153
Bibliography
169
Subject index
173
Geographical index
177
Index of personal names
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