Slavery and Abolition in the Ottoman Middle East

ISBN-10: 029597642X

ISBN-13: 9780295976426

Edition: 1998

Authors: Ehud R. Toledano
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Description: In the Ottoman Empire, many members of the ruling elite were legally slaves of the sultan and therefore could, technically, be ordered to surrender their labor, their property, or their lives at any moment. Nevertheless, slavery provided a means of social mobility, conferring status and political power within the military, the bureaucracy, or the domestic household and formed an essential part of patronage networks. Ehud R. Toledano's exploration of slavery from the Ottoman viewpoint is based on extensive research in British, French, and Turkish archives and offers rich, original, and important insights into Ottoman life and thought.In an attempt to humanize the narrative and take it beyond the plane of numbers, tables and charts, Toledano examines the situations of individuals representing the principal realms of Ottoman slavery, female harem slaves, the sultan's military and civilian kuls, court and elite eunuchs, domestic slaves, Circassian agricaultural slaves, slave dealers, and slave owners. Slavery and Abolition in the Ottoman Middle East makes available new and significantly revised studies on nineteenth-century Middle Eastern slavery and suggests general approaches to the study of slavery in different cultures.

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 204
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: Ottoman Slavery and the Slave TradeKul/Harem Slavery: The Men, the Women, the Eunuchs
The Other Face of Harem Bondage: Abuse and Redress
Agricultural Slavery among Ottoman Circassians
Slavery and Abolition: The Battle of Images
Discourses on Ottoman and Ottoman-Arab Slavery
Conclusion: Ottoman Slavery in World Slavery
Bibliography
Index
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