Family Life in the Ottoman Mediterranean: A Social History

Family Life in the Ottoman Mediterranean: A Social History

by Beshara B. Doumani


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In writings about Islam, women and modernity in the Middle East, family and religion are frequently invoked but rarely historicized. Based on a wide range of local sources spanning two centuries (1660-1860), Beshara B. Doumani argues that there is no such thing as the Muslim or Arab family type that is so central to Orientalist, nationalist, and Islamist narratives. Rather, one finds dramatic regional differences, even within the same cultural zone, in the ways that family was understood, organized, and reproduced. In his comparative examination of the property devolution strategies and gender regimes in the context of local political economies, Doumani offers a groundbreaking examination of the stories and priorities of ordinary people and how they shaped the making of the modern Middle East.

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ISBN-13: 9780521766609
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/08/2017
Pages: 370
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Beshara B. Doumani is a Professor of History and Director of Middle East Studies at Brown University, Rhode Island. His research focuses on groups, places, and time periods marginalized by mainstream scholarship on the early modern and modern Middle East. He also writes on the topics of displacement, academic freedom, politics of knowledge production, and the Palestinian condition. His books include Rediscovering Palestine: Merchants and Peasants in Jabal Nablus, 1700-1900 (1995), and he is the editor of Academic Freedom after September 11 (2006) and Family History in the Middle East: Household, Property and Gender (2003). He is also the editor of a book series, New Directions in Palestinian Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Maryam's final word; 2. Hamida's children come of age: the shariʿa court and its archives; 3. The different designs of Husayn and ʿAbd al-Wahid: the waqf as a family charter; 4. Good deeds: the family waqf as a social act; 5. Who's in? Who's out? The waqf as a boundary marker; 6. Property and gender: the political economy of difference; 7. Fatima's determination; Bibliography; Index.

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