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Séminaire Qira'ât

Le mardi 6 novembre 2018 à 18h00, IFAO géolocalisation IFAO

L’Égypte des villages autour du seizième siècle - القرى المصرية في القرن السادس عشر

Nicolas Michel

Partenaire(s) de l’Ifao: Faculty of Arts, Kafrelsheikh University

La conférence aura lieu en arabe.


The lecture will present a study and a book on the history of Islamic Egypt during a little-known time period (the 16th century) through the lens of its rural world, an even lesser-known reality. Following their conquest of Egypt in 1517, the Ottomans developed a lasting concern for the countryside, as it represented a major source of state income. Their attempt to assess and harness its resources brought about an exceptional set of archival records, part of which remain extant to date. These archives retain information on land regimes and fiscal organisation as well as shedding light on the distribution of power and authority within rural societies. Despite giving evidence on the wide-ranging autonomy that local peasant communities could enjoy, such records still impart uniformity to highly diverse and unequal societies. Studying 16th-century Egypt in this way is thus insightful to understand its former Mamluk history as well as its evolutions to come during Ottoman times.

Nicolas Michel is a history professor at Aix-Marseille University, and a permanent research fellow at the Institut de Recherches et d’Études sur les Mondes Arabes et Musulmans (IREMAM, UMR 7310) in Aix-en-Provence. His works focus on the rural societies of the pre-modern Arab world and has just published Egypt of villages around the sixteenth century (Peters, 2018). نيقولا ميشيل مؤرخ ومستعرب متخصص في دراسة المجتمعات الريفية في العالم العربي في الفترة ما قبل الحديثة. وهو أستاذ للتاريخ المعاصر في جامعة Aix-Marseille وباحث بمعهد البحوث والدراسات حول العالمين العربي والإسلامي (IREMAM ، UMR 7310). صدر له حديثا كتاب « القرى المصرية في القرن السادس عشر » (Peeters، 2018).
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