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Guilds of Ottoman Jerusalem (Amnon Cohen) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2001) 9789004119185
Guilds of Ottoman Jerusalem (Amnon Cohen) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2001) 9789004119185
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Title: The Guilds of Ottoman Jerusalem

Author: Cohen, Amnon

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2001

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004119185

Volumes: 1; Pages: vi, 314

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This is a book about the economic and social realities of a world that existed in the Middle East up to our days, seen through the Kaleidoscope of one important town--Jerusalem. The reconstruction of all the guilds that functioned during the Ottoman period draws on the untapped archives of the local court of Muslim Jerusalem (XVIth-XVIIIth centuries)--but it includes a plethora of information on the Christians and Jews of that town who actively participated in its economic life.About 50 different guilds are described: Goldsmiths and blacksmiths, tourist guides and undertakers, tailors and carpenters, soap makers and cotton weavers, beauticians and bookbinders. The modus operandi of each guild, and of the system as a whole, are analysed and presented for the first time as precursers of civil society.The book holds also 19 original documents--facsimiles plus translations--illustrating the activity of several central guilds."The Guild of Ottoman Jerusalem makes fascinating reading."--Nissin Rejwan, Jerusalem Post, 2001."... students and scholars concerned with the Ottoman history of Palestine and the neighboring Arab countries have much to learn from reading this study of the guilds of Ottoman Jerusalem."--Adel Manna, Journal of Palestine Studies, 2003."... Cohen should be strongly commended for giving his colleagues in the field a useful tool. an important contribution."--Rizmi Faizer, H-Mideast Medieval, 2003.Amnon Cohen, Ph.D. (1971) in Philosophy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is the Eliahu Elath Professor of the History of the Muslim Peoples. Presently also: Head, the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace. He has published extensively on Ottoman Palestine and Jerusalem.
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