New book on Ot­toman his­tory hits shelves in Egypt

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Culture & Arts -

A NEW book on Egypt’s Ot­toman-era his­tory, “The High Court in Ot­toman Egypt,” hit book­stores in Cairo on Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease is­sued by Egypt’s National Li­brary and Ar­chives, the book draws on records kept by the Ot­toman High Court be­tween 1742 and 1744.

De­scrib­ing Egypt’s Ot­toman era as “a crit­i­cal pe­riod in the coun­try’s his­tory,” the book tack­les a range of is­sues, in­clud­ing con­tem­po­rary re­li­gious en­dow­ments, com­mer­cial con­tracts and mar­riages and di­vorces.

The book con­tains doc­u­ments dat­ing back 12 cen­turies, writ­ten in Ot­toman and trans­lated into Ara­bic. The pe­riod of Ot­toman rule in Egypt ran, on and off, from the 16th cen­tury to the early 20th cen­tury.

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