By Dror Zeevi
In line with micro-level examine of the District of Jerusalem, this ebook addresses the most the most important questions in regards to the Ottoman empire in a time of obstacle and disorientation: decline and decentralization, the increase of the remarkable elite, the urban-rural-pastoral nexus, agrarian kinfolk and the encroachment of ecu economic climate. while it paints a shiny photo of lifestyles in an Ottoman province. via integrating courtroom list, petitions, chronicles or even neighborhood poetry, the ebook recreates a historic global that, notwithstanding lengthy vanished, has left an indelible imprint at the urban of Jerusalem and its atmosphere.
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Extra resources for An Ottoman Century: The District of Jerusalem in the 1600s (S U N Y Series in Medieval Middle East History)
A distant and formal point of view, of the kind usually found in Ottoman bureaucratic registers, may sometimes obfuscate the political nuances of appointments in the districts and provinces of the Ottoman Empire. This is where a smallerscale study, concentrated in the district of Jerusalem and its neighboring districts, may view Kunt's conclusions against the background of local politics and society and provide some important insights. Ottoman conquests brought about numerous changes in administration and in the structure of local government.
Bahram was the owner and patron of a Circassian mamlok named Farrukh, who was to become governor of Jerusalem and founder of the Farrukh dynasty. Bahram's sons and mamloks continued to rule the district of Nabulus alongside their Farrukh allies well into the second half of the seventeenth century. Another of the family's mamloks, Kiwan, was sent to Damascus, where he distinguished himself in the service of the governor. Kiwan's son was to become governor and amir alhajj in the 1670s. 8 Though no explanation is provided in biographies of the dynasty's ancestors, it is evident that they chose to make the city of Gaza their home and castle.
The Farrukhs, Ridwans and Turabays governed the districts of Jerusalem, Nabulus, Gaza and Lajjun almost until the end of the seventeenth century. During that time their relations gradually developed through marriage, political alliances and economic transactions. In the second half of the century, they became one extended dynasty. This chapter describes the local dynasties, their relations with each other and with the Ottoman center, their culture, and their final dissolution in the 1670s. Their disappearance towards the end of the century had a lasting effect on society and politics in the region.
An Ottoman Century: The District of Jerusalem in the 1600s (S U N Y Series in Medieval Middle East History) by Dror Zeevi