Governing Property, Making The Modern State: Law, Administration And Production In Ottoman Syria by Martha MundyGoverning Property, Making The Modern State: Law, Administration And Production In Ottoman Syria by Martha Mundy

Governing Property, Making The Modern State: Law, Administration And Production In Ottoman Syria

byMartha Mundy, Richard Saumarez Smith

Hardcover | March 15, 2007

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Was "modernity" in the Middle East merely imported piecemeal from the West? Did Ottoman society really consist of islands of sophistication in a sea of tribal conservatism, as has so often been claimed? In this groundbreaking new book, Martha Mundy and Richard Saumarez Smith draw on over a decade of primary source research to argue that, contrary to popular belief, a distinctively Ottoman process of modernization was achieved by the end of the nineteenth century with great social consequences for all who lived through it. Modernization touched women as intimately as men: the authors' careful work explores the impact of Ottoman legal reforms such as granting women equal rights to land. Mundy and Saumarez Smith have painstakingly recreated a picture of such processes through both new archival material and the testimony of surviving witnesses to the period. This book will not only affect the way we look at Ottoman society, it will change our understanding of the relationship between East, West and modernity.
Martha Mundy is a Reader in Anthropology at the London School of Economics. She is the author of Domestic Government: Kinship, Community and Polity in North Yemen (IB Tauris, 1995). Richard Saumarez Smith is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the American University of Beirut.
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Title:Governing Property, Making The Modern State: Law, Administration And Production In Ottoman SyriaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.55 × 6.38 × 1.18 inPublished:March 15, 2007Publisher:I.B. Tauris & Co LtdLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Legal Framing of Ottoman Property Relations * Classical Ottoman debates over the nature of rights to land * Juridical debates of the 17th and 18th centuries : contrary developments * Legal Reform from the 1830s to the First World War * Part II: Regional Political Dynamics and State bureaucratisation: the administration of property in one district of the empire * The structure of a district * The introduction of bureaucratic registration * Prosecution of officials * Property and administration in the later Tanzimat * Part III: Village political economies and the enactment of property right * Title registration and village politics in two plains villages * Title registration and village politics in two hill villages * A village of the plains: Hawwara * A village of mixed agriculture in the hills: Kufr 'Awan * Conclusions