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The Proper Order of Things – Language, Power, and Law in Ottoman Administrative Discourses - Stanford Scholarship Online
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The Proper Order of Things: Language, Power, and Law in Ottoman Administrative Discourses

Heather L. Ferguson


The Proper Order of Things demonstrates how early modern Ottoman territorial control, both in general practice and in the specific contexts of Greater Syria and occupied Hungary, was enabled through the creation of a particular web of textual authority. The book therefore focuses attention on an Ottoman paper trail of legal edicts, administrative reports, and reflective treatises that extended the jurisdiction of sovereign power through an evolving textual corpus. This corpus sublimated anxieties of fragmented regional power to assertions of imperial universalism. Formalized registers and circ ... More

Keywords: Ottoman Empire, comparative early modern empires, legal edicts, Greater Syria, Hungary, Habsburg, textual authority, sovereignty, kanunname, waqf

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781503603561
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503603561.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather L. Ferguson, author
Claremont McKenna College

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