State and Society in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Egypt

State and Society in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Egypt

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Previous studies of nineteenth-century Egypt have often been premature in identifying the existence of an independent nation state. In a way which will permanently affect our view of Egyptian history, this book argues that in the mid-nineteenth-century period Egypt was still an Ottoman province, with a provincial Ottoman elite which was only gradually becoming Egyptian. Part one discusses the creation of a dynastic order in Egypt, especially under Abbas Pasa (1848-1854), and the formation of an Ottoman-Egyptian ruling class. Part two deals with the non-elite groups, the vast majority of Egypt's population. A final chapter offers a convincing picture of the social and cultural life of the period in a way which has never before been attempted in a Middle East context. The author's valuable knowledge of Ottoman and Arabic as well as European documents and his use of a wide variety of sources, including police and court records, chronicles and travel literature, have enabled him to make an important contribution to a neglected period of Egyptian history and indeed to our understanding of other provinces and dependencies in the region.... 21, 25, 29, 41, 47, 52, 58, 60, 71, 73, 74, 76, 83, 84, 87, 90, 92, 112, 128, 136, 138, 148, 157, 187, 213, 235, 249, 263, 269; ... penal code (Ottoman of 1 850), see under reforms performances, see entertainment police, 23, 24, 73-6, 95, 106, 125 , anbsp;...

Title:State and Society in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Egypt
Author: Ehud R. Toledano
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2003-02-13

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