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Artisan Entrepreneurs in Cairo and Early-Modern Capitalism (1600–1800) Middle East Studies Beyond Dominant Paradigms Peter Gran, Series Editor Other titles in Middle East Studies Beyond Dominant Paradigms Family and Court: Legal Culture and Modernity in Late Ottoman Palestine Iris Agmon Formation of the Modern State: The Ottoman Empire 16th to 18th Centuries, 2d ed. Rifa’at ’Ali Abou-El-Haj Gender and Class in the Egyptian Women’s Movement, 1925–1939: Changing Perspectives Cathlyn Mariscotti The Holy Land in Transit: Colonialism and the Quest for Canaan Steven Salaita In Praise of Books: A Cultural History of Cairo’s Middle Class, Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century Nelly Hanna Islamic Roots of Capitalism: Egypt, 1760–1840 Peter Gran Making Big Money in 1600: The Life and Times of Isma’il Abu Taqiyya, Egyptian Merchant Nelly Hanna Militant Women of a Fragile Nation Malek Abisaab The New Mamluks: Egyptian Society and Modern Feudalism Amira el-Azhary Sonbol Artisan Entrepreneurs in Cairo and Early-Modern Capitalism (1600–1800) N E L L Y H A N N A Syracuse University Press Copyright © 2011 by Syracuse University Press Syracuse, New York 13244-5290 All Rights Reserved First Edition 2011 11 12 13 14 15 16 6 5 4 3 2 1 ∞ The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of the American National Standard for Information Sciences—Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ANSI Z39.48-1992. For a listing of books published and distributed by Syracuse University Press, visit our Web site at ISBN: 978-0-8156-3279-5 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Hanna, Nelly. Artisan entrepreneurs in Cairo and early-modern capitalism (1600–1800) / Nelly Hanna. — 1st ed. p. cm. — (Beyond dominant paradigms in the Middle East) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-8156-3279-5 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Artisans—Egypt—Cairo—History. 2. Entrepreneurship—Egypt—Cairo—History. 3. Capitalism—Egypt—Cairo—History. 4. Egypt—Economic conditions. I. Title. HD9999.H363E343 2011 331.7'94—dc22 2011009263 Manufactured in the United States of America Nelly Hanna is professor and chair of the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations at the American University in Cairo. She has also been professor and guest lecturer at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (1998), Harvard University (2001), and Waseda University, Tokyo (2008–2009). Her scholarly interests have focused on Ottoman Egypt (1500–1800). Making extensive use of court records, her work has examined to a large extent the social groups outside the establishment, such as artisans, traders, and merchants, with a special emphasis on the economy and its impact on culture and society. Hanna has published extensively in English, French, and Arabic. Her book publications include In Praise of Books: A Cultural History of Cairo’s Middle Class, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries (Syracuse University Press, 2003); Making Big Money in 1600: The Life and Times of Isma‘il Abu Taqiyya, Egyptian Merchant (Syracuse University Press, 1998); Habiter au Caire: La maison moyenne et ses habitants aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles (1991); and An Urban History of Bulaq in the Mamluk and Ottoman Periods (1983). ...


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