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Slavery and Abolition in the Ottoman Middle East (Publications on the Near East)

 
 
 
 
Slavery and Abolition in the Ottoman Middle East (Publications on the Near East)
Author: Toledano
ISBN 13: 9780295976426
ISBN 10: 29597642
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication Date: 1997-12-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 204
List Price: $26.00
 
 

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.