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The Proper Order of ThingsLanguage, Power, and Law in Ottoman Administrative Discourses$
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Heather L. Ferguson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781503603561

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503603561.001.0001

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The Structure of Empire and a Grammar of Rule

(p.1) Introduction
The Proper Order of Things

Heather L. Ferguson

Stanford University Press

This chapter draws on Katip Çelebi's Düstūrü’l-‘amel li ıṣlāhı ’l-ḥalel, or the Guiding Principles for the Rectification of Defects, to outline how attention to genre, to the relationship between conceptual models and administrative practice, to the role of sultanic authority as an anchor for imperial order, and to the significance of comparative historical analysis offers an alternative approach to Ottoman state-making in the early modern period. It further suggests that the “middle years” of the state might best be understood as a tension between principles of universal rule and the practices designed to entice and co-opt regional elites into a coherent sociopolitical order.

Keywords:   Katip Çelebi, genre, practice, objectification, durable empires, administration, order

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