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The Politics of Households in Ottoman Egypt The Rise of the Qazdaglis by Jane (Ohio State University) Hathaway

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

Part of the Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization Series


The Politics of Households in Ottoman Egypt The Rise of the Qazdaglis by Jane (Ohio State University) Hathaway

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.


'... 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

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Publication date

4th April 2002


Jane (Ohio State University) Hathaway

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Cambridge University Press


220 pages


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