Society and Politics in Ottoman Iraq

with Dina Khoury

hosted by Faisal Husain

Iraq was located on the periphery of the Ottoman Empire. Yet, as the main interface between the Ottoman and Safavid realms, it was also a region of tremendous importance for the Ottoman state. In this episode, Dina Khoury discusses her work on Ottoman Iraq, and explores how Ottoman war and politics influenced the socioeconomic life of the provinces of Mosul, Baghdad, and Basra.

Dina Rizk Khoury is Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University. Her research focuses on both Ottoman and contemporary Iraq. (see faculty page)
Faisal Husain is a doctoral student at Georgetown University researching the environmental history of Ottoman Iraq.

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Fisherman in Ottoman Iraq (Source: LOC)
Dina Rizk Khoury, State and Provincial Society in the Ottoman Empire: Mosul, 1540-1834 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997).

Dina Khoury, “Who is a True Muslim? Exclusion and Inclusion among Polemicist of Reform in Baghdad,” in The Early Modern Ottomans: Remapping the Empire, Aksan, Virginia H., and Daniel Goffman (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Dina Khoury, "Violence and Spatial Politics between the Local and Imperial: Baghdad, 1778-1810." The Spaces of the Modern City: Imaginaries, Politics, and Everyday Life. Ed. Gyan Prakash and Kevin Michael Kruse. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2008. 181-213.

Salih Özbaran, Yemen’den Basra’ya Sınırdaki Osmanlı (Istanbul: Kitap Yayınevi, 2004).

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Thabit Abdullah, Merchants, Mamluks, and Murder: The Political Economy of Trade in the Eighteenth Century Basra (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001).

Ali Shakir Ali, Tarikh al-Iraq fi al-‘ahd al-uthmani, 1638-1750 miladiyah/1048-1174 hijriyah: dirasa fi ahwalihi al-siyasiyah (Nineveh, Iraq: Maktabat 30 Tammuz, 1985).

Sinan Marufoğlu, Osmanlı Döneminde Kuzey İrak, 1831-1914 (Istanbul: Eren, 1998).

Tom Nienuwenhuis, Politics and Society in Early Modern Iraq: Mamluk Pashas, Tribal Shayks and Local Rule Between 1802 and 1831 (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1982).

 André Raymond, Artisans et commerçants au Caire au XVIIIe siècle (Damas: Institut Français de Damas, 1974).

Beshara Doumani, Rediscovering Palestine: Merchants and Peasants in Jabal Nablus, 1700-1900 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995).

Judith Tucker, In the House of the Law: Gender and Islamic Law in Ottoman Syria and Palestine (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998).

Bruce Masters, The Originas of Western Economic Dominance in the Middle East: Mercantilism and the Islamic Economy in Aleppo, 1600-1750 (New York: New York University Press, 1988).

Jane Hathaway, The Politics of Households in Ottoman Egypt: The Rise of the Qazdaglis (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997).

Alan Mikhail, Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt: An Environmental History (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Dirk Kolff, Naukar, Rajput and Sepoy: The Military Labor Market of Hindustan, 1450-1850 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990).

Charles Wilkins, Forging Urban Solidarities: Ottoman Aleppo 1640-1700 (Leiden: Brill, 2010).

Hülya Canbakal, Society and Politics in an Ottoman Town: ‘Ayntāb in the 17th Century (Leiden: Brill, 2007).

C. A. Bayly, Imperial Meridian: The British Empire and the World, 1780-1830 (New York: Longman, 1989).

E. P. Thompson, “The Moral Economy of the English Crowd in the Eighteenth Century,” Past and Present 50 (1971): 76-136.

Natalie Zemon Davis, “The Rites of Violence: Religious Riot in Sixteenth-Century France,” Past and Present 59 (1973): 51-91.

Ira Lapidus, Muslim Cities in the Later Middle Ages (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1967).

Albert Hourani and S. M. Stern, eds, The Islamic City (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1970).

James Grehan, “Street Violence and Social Imagination in Late Mamluk and Ottoman Damascus (ca. 1500-1800),” International Journal of Middle East Studies 35 (2003): 215-36.


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