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A Small Town in Syria


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Contents: Social history of an Ottoman district town - Family ties and family relationships - Production and trade networks - Urban-rural relations - Origins of large landholding - Integration into a new world economy - Modernity's creation of a traditional economy and society.

About the Author

The Author: James A. Reilly is an associate professor at the University of Toronto, where he teaches courses on modern Middle Eastern history in the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations.


Reilly beschreibt und modifiziert am Beispiel Hamas Trends und Entwicklungslinien, wie sie die Geschichtsschreibung zum osmanischen Syrien im Laufe der letzten Jahrzehnte fuer das 18. und 19. Jahrhundert herausgearbeitet hat. [...] Die Einbindung in die laufenden Diskussionen ist zweifellos eine grosse Staerke dieser kurzen, sehr fluessig und leicht verstaendlich geschriebenen Fallstudie. Sie bietet allgemein historisch Interessierten einen guten Ueberblick ueber Themen und Ansaetze der juengeren Geschichtsschreibung zu den arabischen Provinzen des Osmanischen Reiches und vertieft diese in ueberaus anregender Weise an einem Fallbeispiel. (Astrid Meier, H-Soz-u-Kult) Reilly's book is a veritable mine of previously unknown information about Hama. It is also a work of analysis and synthesis, of judicious and insightful observations. [...] 'A Small Town in Syria' is truly representative of a wider Syrian reality. Not only is it a major contribution to the fields of Syrian and Middle Eastern studies, but it also sets a standard for the study of social and economic history of Ottoman Arab cities. Both the author and the publisher must be complimented for producing an error-free text. I strongly recommend this book to scholars and laypersons alike. (Abdul-Karim Rafeq, Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies) Reilly's scholarly contribution not only helps us to understand the way that a small town functioned, but also can help future scholarship to understand the bigger picture of urban Syria and the urban history of the Ottoman Empire. (Nelly Hanna, H-Gender-MidEast, H-Net Reviews)

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