Governing Property, Making the Modern State by Ms. Martha Mundy
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Governing Property, Making the Modern State
By Ms. Martha Mundy

Governing Property, Making the Modern State

Law, Administration and Production in Ottoman Syria

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Governing Property, Making the Modern State by Ms. Martha Mundy

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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 such stereotypes, a distinctively Ottoman process of modernisation was achieved by the end of the nineteenth century with great social consequences for all who lived through it. Modernisation 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781845112912
ISBN-10: 1845112911
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 33mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Books By Author Ms. Martha Mundy

Law, Anthropology, and the Constitution of the Social by Ms. Martha Mundy Law, Anthropology, and the Constitution of the Social, Paperback (June 2004)

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Transformation of Nomadic Society in the Arab East by Ms. Martha Mundy Transformation of Nomadic Society in the Arab East, Hardback (November 2000)

In this 2000 book, an international team of contributors offer a multidisciplinary approach to the evolution of nomadic society in the Middle East.

Domestic Government by Ms. Martha Mundy Domestic Government, Paperback (December 1996)

This study is written from the vantage point of women's society, but is not confined to a study of women. It explores the notion of "household" as the site and organizing model not only of production but also of politics in Yemen's past and present.

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Author Biography - Ms. Martha Mundy

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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