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The Barber of DamascusNouveau Literacy in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Levant$
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Dana Sajdi

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804785327

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804785327.001.0001

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The Disorders of a New Order

The Disorders of a New Order

The Levant in the Long Eighteenth Century

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(p.14) chapter 1 The Disorders of a New Order
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The Barber of Damascus
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Dana Sajdi

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804785327.003.0002

In searching for the sources of new authority in the eighteenth-century Levant, the chapter outlines the political and socioeconomic changes that became most apparently manifest in the rise of new provincial notable (a`yān) households. These changes together constituted a new order, which signified the collapse of the accustomed patronage networks and the forging of new ones, thus opening and closing the doors of opportunity for many. In the provincial capital, Damascus, this changing social topography was mirrored in a changed urban landscape and sociability. Meanwhile, the city streets witnessed fresh violence as the different contenders struggled over resources. Like the new mansions of eighteenth-century Damascus that represented a site of display and negotiation by the nouveau riche, the new chronicles represented a disorder in the literary space, a site of negotiation and display by the nouveau literates.

Keywords:   Provincial notables (a`yān), households, patronage networks, new order, social disorder, social topography, urban topography, nouveau riche, literary space, nouveau literates

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