Women, Gender, and the Palace Households in Ottoman Tunisia
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Texas Press
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Title Page, Copyright Page
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Note on Transliteration
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I have followed a standard approach to all Arabic terms that relies on a simplified version of the International Journal of Middle East Studies guide-lines, namely, excluding diacritical marks aside from the ayn (ʿ) and hamza (ʾ). This is applied uniformly, including proper names that often appear in French transliteration such as Kheireddine or Hussein ben Ali, which are ...
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...1613–1631 Murad serves as bey, granted title of pasha; his descendants 1702 Ottoman envoy Ibrahim al- Sharif arrives in Tunis to quell 1705–1735 Husayn ibn ʿAli nominated dey and bey, with sultan’s 1735–1756 ʿAli Pasha returns to Tunis from Algeria and governs1756 (approx.) Trakiya bint ʿAli Pasha marries her father’s ...
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As is often true, this book is the result of a long trajectory, and I have benefited from considerable intellectual and institutional support. I would like to thank Matthew J. Connelly for introducing me to the his-tory of northern Africa and for his gracious and unfailing mentoring over the years. My understanding of Tunisia, its place in Ottoman provin-...
Part I. Family Foundations of Ottoman Rule
Introduction. Families, Households, and Palace Women in Early Modern Court Culture
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In the summer of 1776, the governor of Tunis celebrated the wedding of three of his children: his son Hammuda, his daughter Amina, and a sec-ond daughter (whose name is unknown).one.super For months before that, women in the family, their domestics, and slaves were busy gathering the vari-ous articles for the trousseaus of the two brides, including diverse cloth-...
Chapter 1. Family and the Politics of Marriage
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...between the courtesans of the bey and the wives and daughters of ate them all. I want only to note that of Husayn ibn ʿAli, the bey’s nicolas bEacute.smcpranGer, La régence de Tunis à La fin du XViie By 1650, the household had become an important feature of Ottoman politics and a key institution in the training and recruitment of bureau-...
Part II. Family and Provincial Government, 1756–1840
2. The Prosperous Palace
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When ʿAbd al- Basit ibn Halil, an Egyptian merchant and literati, visited Tunis in 1462, he dined at the Hafsid palace of Raʾs al- Tabia. Aside from the pleasant company, beautiful gardens, three- story palace, and marble fountain, his travel account (or rihla) carefully described one of the dishes called mujabban, “which is an Andalusian cheese bread.”one.super If “kings and ...
3. Women’s Worlds
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The palace at Bardo was under constant renovations, particularly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries when it functioned as the political center. Built in the early fifteenth century, it was one of the Hafsid’s sub-urban retreats, with the Dar al- Bey in the center of Tunis serving of_f_icial purposes. Slightly southwest of the capital, the Bardo’s expansive gardens, ...
4. Beyond Bardo
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The representation of power through wealth was meaningful only when these displays reached an attentive audience. The palace tribunal created one space for the presentation of beylical power as accessible instead of remote, where authority was personified by a bey who solved anyone’s problem. Even if provincial organization was decentralized with authority ...
Part III. Nineteenth-century Transformations
5. The Constitution, Financial Reform, and the Modern Family
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Nothing can be more irregular and confused than the mode of col-lecting the revenues, unless we except the mode of spending them.Though he had already reduced the number of troops because of dif_f_i-culties paying their salaries, in 1853 Ahmad Bey decided to send a f_leet to assist the sultan in the Crimean War (1853–1856). To fund the contin-...
6. Inventing Dynastic Traditions: Family Politics of French Colonialism
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The 1861 constitution formalized the structural dependence of the family on the paternal authority of the bey, structures that were extended by the subjugation of the entire family under French colonialism. In May of 1881, a minor incident along the border with Algeria provided an opportunity for French warships to dock outside the capital, from where they deliv-...
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In January 2011 the international public discovered the corruption of Tunisia’s President Zine al- Abidin Ben Ali (1987–2011); his wife, Leila Trabelsi; and their respective families, who had monopolized the nation’s political and economic life for a substantial portion of his 23- year rule. In a number of respects, they perpetuated the worst attributes of a royal ...
Appendix 1. Genealogies
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Appendix 2.Annual Expense Registers of the Palace Treasury
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Appendiex 3. Income and Expenditures of the Bey
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Page Count: 287
Illustrations: 12 photos, 7 line drawings, 2 maps, 7 tables
Publication Year: 2013