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Title: The Household of Hasan Aǧa Bilifya
Subtitle: An Assesment of Elite Politics in Seventeenth-Century Egypt
Author(s): HATHAWAY, Jane
Volume: 27 Date: 1995
The seventeenth century, it is generally acknowledged, was a period of decentralization in the Ottoman Empire, when local elites in the empire’s provinces began to dilute the authority of the imperial center. The identity of these elites was still in flux, however. Local vested interests had not yet displaced Ottoman officialdom as sources of authority; meanwhile, Ottoman officials themselves were becoming localized and cultivating their own interests and connections on the spot. It is within this context that we may evaluate the political culture of the empire’s largest province, Egypt, during this period of transformation.