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The Margins of EmpireKurdish Militias in the Ottoman Tribal Zone$
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Janet Klein

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804775700

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804775700.001.0001

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Introduction: The Hamidiye Light Cavalry in the Ottoman Tribal Zone

Introduction: The Hamidiye Light Cavalry in the Ottoman Tribal Zone

(p.1) Introduction: The Hamidiye Light Cavalry in the Ottoman Tribal Zone
The Margins of Empire
Stanford University Press

This introductory chapter begins by assessing the Ottoman state's decision to transform Kurdish tribes from a local power that was a challenge to state authority into an arm of state authority itself in order to manage the other “threats.” It describes the Hamidiye Light Cavalry Regiments, an irregular militia composed of select Kurdish tribes, created in 1890 by Sultan Abdülhamid II (r. 1876–1909) and his trusted confidantes. The chapter also discusses methodology, historiography, and sources used in the present study, followed by an overview of the subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   Ottoman state, Kurdish tribes, tribial militia, Hamidiye Light Cavalry, state authority

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