The Animal in Ottoman Egypt

Paperback | December 15, 2016

byAlan Mikhail

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Since humans first emerged as a distinct species, they have eaten, fought, prayed, and moved with other animals. In this stunningly original and conceptually rich book, historian Alan Mikhail puts the history of human-animal relations at the center of transformations in the Ottoman Empire fromthe sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries.Mikhail uses the history of the empire's most important province, Egypt, to explain how human interactions with livestock, dogs, and charismatic megafauna changed more in a few centuries than they had for millennia. The human world became one in which animals' social and economic functions werediminished. Without animals, humans had to remake the societies they had built around intimate and cooperative interactions between species. The political and even evolutionary consequences of this separation of people and animals were wrenching and often violent. This book's interspecies historiesunderscore continuities between the early modern period and the nineteenth century and help to reconcile Ottoman and Arab histories. Further, the book highlights the importance of integrating Ottoman history with issues in animal studies, economic history, early modern history, and environmentalhistory.Carefully crafted and compellingly argued, The Animal in Ottoman Egypt tells the story of the high price humans and animals paid as they entered the modern world.

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Since humans first emerged as a distinct species, they have eaten, fought, prayed, and moved with other animals. In this stunningly original and conceptually rich book, historian Alan Mikhail puts the history of human-animal relations at the center of transformations in the Ottoman Empire fromthe sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries.M...

Alan Mikhail is Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt: An Environmental History, which won the Roger Owen Book Award of the Middle East Studies Association, and editor of Water on Sand: Environmental Histories of the Middle East and North Africa.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:December 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190655224

ISBN - 13:9780190655228

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"This approachable book uniquely contributes to understanding the development of the modern world by exposing the reader to the overlooked topic of human-animal interaction and explaining how the relationship is not only important in its own right, but also sheds light on the evolution ofcivilization." --Middle East Journal