The Politics of Households in Ottoman Egypt The Rise of the Qazdaglis

by Jane (Ohio State University) Hathaway

Part of the Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization Series

The Politics of Households in Ottoman Egypt The Rise of the Qazdaglis Synopsis

In a lucidly argued revisionist study of Ottoman Egypt, first published in 1996, Jane Hathaway challenges the traditional view that Egypt's military elite constituted a revival of the institutions of the Mamluk sultanate. The author contends that the framework within which this elite operated was the household, a conglomerate of patron-client ties that took various forms. In this respect, she argues, Egypt's elite represented a provincial variation on an empire-wide, household-based political culture. The study focuses on the Qazdagli household. Originally, a largely Anatolian contingent within Egypt's Janissary regiment, the Qazdaglis dominated Egypt by the late eighteenth century. Using Turkish and Arabic archival sources, Jane Hathaway sheds light on the manner in which the Qazdaglis exploited the Janissary rank hierarchy, while forming strategic alliances through marriage, commercial partnerships and the patronage of palace eunuchs.

The Politics of Households in Ottoman Egypt The Rise of the Qazdaglis Press Reviews

'... this work is an important achievement and sets the study of Egypt in this period on a new path.' Reuven Amitai-Preiss, The Times Literary Supplement

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521571104
Publication date: 28th November 1996
Author: Jane (Ohio State University) Hathaway
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 218 pages
Categories: Asian history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, African history,

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