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The animal in Ottoman Egypt

"Since humans first emerged as a distinct species, they have been locked into relationships with other animals. Humans ate, fought, prayed, and moved with animals. In this original and conceptually rich book, historian Alan Mikhail puts the history of human-animal relations at the center of the transformations of the Ottoman Empire from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. He uses the history of the empire's most important province, Egypt, to explain how human interactions with livestock, dogs, and charismatic megafauna changed more in a few centuries than they had for millennia. The human world became one in which animals' social and economic functions were diminished. Without animals, humans had to remake the societies they had built around the intimate and cooperative interactions between species. The political and even evolutionary consequences of this separation of people and animals were wrenching and often violent. In tracing these interspecies histories, this book offers a bold program for Ottoman historians--highlighting a new capacious periodization of the empire's history, integrating environmental history and other methodologies, and opening up archives in close to a dozen countries. The wide-ranging and creative analyses on offer also push far beyond Ottoman history to engage issues in animal studies, economic history, early modern history, and environmental history. Carefully crafted and compellingly argued, The Animal in Ottoman Egypt tells the story of the high price humans and animals paid as they entered the modern world"-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2014
Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, 2014
xiv, 315 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
9780199315277, 0199315272
Preface : Three species
Introduction : Cephalopods in the Nile
Part One. Burdened and Beastly. 1. Early modern human and animal ; 2. Unleashing the beast
Part Two. Bark and Bite. 3. In-between ; 4. Evolution in the streets
Part Three. Charisma and Capital. 5. Enchantment ; 6. Encagement
Conclusion : The human ends