By Amnon Cohen
Jerusalem used to be by no means simply one other Ottoman city, yet within the heyday of the Ottoman Empire it displayed a few of the features of a Muslim conventional society. Professor Cohen makes complete use of the wealthy and hitherto unexplored Arabic and Turkish information when it comes to this era to reconstruct a brilliant and unique photograph of lifestyle during this vigorous city centre. His examine makes a speciality of the foremost guilds of sixteenth-century Jerusalem - butchers, soap-producers and buyers, millers and bakers, describing and analysing their construction equipment, costs and measures, and the prone they supplied for the neighborhood inhabitants. additionally, their monetary ties with neighbouring villages, in addition to their social history and inter-relations are mentioned. the writer exhibits how this specified wisdom may end up in a greater figuring out of the longer-term alterations within the economic climate of the town and of the Empire as an entire.
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