The View from Istanbul: Ottoman Lebanon and the Druze by Abdul Rahim Abu Husayn

By Abdul Rahim Abu Husayn

The historical past of Ottoman Lebanon within the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries has, beforehand, got in simple terms the main constrained cognizance. What paintings has been performed has been dependent upon constrained neighborhood and ecu literature. because the first paintings to make distinct reports and huge use of Ottoman chancery files, The View From Istanbul serves to fill many gaps within the old checklist. How did the Ottomans run their empire? How did they view Lebanon? What have been their top issues within the area? every one part is prefaced through a brief creation that locations the files in old context and analyzes their content material and scope.Published by means of I.B.Tauris in organization with the Centre of Lebanese reviews

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Arrest the villainous and abominable miscreants and apply the ùDUµ to them. In this respect, beylerbeyis must collaborate with the VXEDúÕs and are bound accordingly. If the villains move freely in the timars, vakifs or [any other kind of] property, ask for the help of officers (zabit) and investigate [the matter] carefully with the knowledge of judges specializing in real estate (toSUDNNDGÕODUÕ), leaving no chance for the people whose villainy and robbery is apparent and proven. Seize their money and be careful lest they escape, applying the ùDUµ to them so that they are made an example to others.

When the great vizier and commander-in-chief (serdar) Ali Pasha was ordered to eradicate, suppress and remove [the villains] in accordance with the noble fetva issued a year earlier – forming the basis for my noble order – he [followed my command and] was able, with God’s help, to kill most of them (literally make of most of them food for the swords). The remainder fled [the area] and lost their ability to cause trouble (fesad), [leaving] local people safe from their evil and sedition (úHUYHúXU).

But he did not obey or heed [these orders]. Õ]ÕOEDú and because,] in the opinion of the valis, there is no unity in the governors’ efforts to eradicate, suppress and remove this trouble (fesad), the villainy úekavet) continues. When the great vizier and commander-in-chief (serdar) Ali Pasha was ordered to eradicate, suppress and remove [the villains] in accordance with the noble fetva issued a year earlier – forming the basis for my noble order – he [followed my command and] was able, with God’s help, to kill most of them (literally make of most of them food for the swords).

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