An Ottoman Century: The District of Jerusalem in the 1600s

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SUNY Press, 1996 - History - 258 pages
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Based on micro-level research of the District of Jerusalem, this book addresses some of the most crucial questions concerning the Ottoman empire in a time of crisis and disorientation: decline and decentralization, the rise of the notable elite, the urban-rural-pastoral nexus, agrarian relations and the encroachment of European economy. At the same time it paints a vivid picture of life in an Ottoman province. By integrating court record, petitions, chronicles and even local poetry, the book recreates a historical world that, though long vanished, has left an indelible imprint on the city of Jerusalem and its surroundings.
 

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Contents

THE RISE AND FALL OF LOCAL DYNASTIES
35
THE SUFI CONNECTION
63
DESERT VILLAGE AND TOWN
87
LAYERS OF OWNERSHIP
115
AN ECONOMY IN TRANSITION
141
WORLDS APART
173
Conclusion
191
Bibliography
237
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Dror Ze evi is Lecturer at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

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