Constructing Ottoman Beneficence: An Imperial Soup Kitchen in Jerusalem

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SUNY Press, 2012 - History - 240 pages
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Ottoman charitable endowments (waqf) constituted an enduring monument to imperial beneficence and were important instruments of policy. One type of endowment, the public soup kitchen (>imaret) served travelers, scholars, pious mystics, and local indigents alike. Constructing Ottoman Beneficence examines the political, social, and cultural context for founding these public kitchens. It challenges long-held notions about the nature of endowments and explores for the first time how Ottoman modes of beneficence provide an important paradigm for understanding universal questions about the nature of charitable giving.

A typical and well-documented example was the imaret of Hasseki Hurrem Sultan, wife of Sultan Süleyman I, in Jerusalem. The imaret operated at the confluence of imperial endowment practices and Ottoman food supply policies, while also exemplifying the role of imperial women as benefactors. Through its operations, the imaret linked imperial Ottoman and local Palestinian interests, integrating urban and rural economies.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
1 DEVOTE THE FRUITS TO PIOUS PURPOSES
15
2 A BOWL OF SOUP AND A LOAF OF BREAD
39
3 LADIES BOUNTIFUL
71
4 SERVING SOUP IN JERUSALEM
99
5 FEEDING POWER
131
PRACTICING BENEFICENCE
159
NOTES
171
BIBLIOGRAPHY
207
INDEX
229
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Amy Singer teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History, Tel Aviv University. She is the author of Palestinian Peasants and Ottoman Officials: Rural Administration Around Sixteenth-Century Jerusalem.

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