Rediscovering Palestine: Merchants and Peasants in Jabal Nablus, 1700–1900
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.
THE MEANINGS OF AUTONOMY
FAMILY CULTURE AND TRADE
COTTON TEXTILES AND THE POLITICS OF TRADE
British cotton imports from Turkey 17251789
Cotton production in the Levant 1837
Soap and the Economy
Soap and Society
Account of soap cooked in Nabluss soap factories and of taxes assessed for each individual 18421843
Soap and the State
The Discourses of Modernity
Weights and Measures
Islamic Court records of Nablus 16551865
Cotton exports from Acre Haifa and Jaffa 18521875
English exports of cotton goods to the Ottoman Empire 18251860 121 7 British exports to SyriaPalestine 18361850
THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF OLIVE OIL
A Forced Marriage?
Redefining Identity and Political Authority
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Abd al-Hadi Abdullah Acre Afandi agricultural Ahmad Agha al-Din Arafat Family Arraba Bayt bedouins Beik Tuqan Beirut Bishtawi capital central government Chapter clan clothes commercial commodities cotton council members cultural Damascus economic Egypt eighteenth century elite European example export governor Greater Syria Hajj Hajj Isma'il Hanbali hinterland Ibid Ibrahim important Jabal Nablus Jaffa Jarrar Jenin Jerusalem kiswa land Mahmud manufacturing Masri merchant community mid-nineteenth century moneylending Muhammad Muhammad Ali Pasha mutasallim Nablus Advisory Council Nablus Council Nablus Islamic Court Nablus's Nabulsi merchants NICR Nimr nineteenth century NMSR olive oil Ottoman Empire Ottoman government Ottoman period Ottoman rule Palestine Palestinian Pasha peasants piasters political purchase qilw qintars religious ruling families rural salam contracts Sayyid Shaykh soap factory soap merchants soap production soap-factory owners social subdistrict chiefs Sulayman tabkhas Tamimi Tanzimat taxes textile merchants thawb tion urban village waqf Ya'bad Yusuf Zahir al-Umar
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