Proceedings of the International Conference on Egypt during the Ottoman Era: 26-30 November 2007, Cairo
IRCICA, Istanbul, 2010, 325+139 pp. (Arabic, English, Turkish, French)
A total of 24 papers are collected in this volume resulting from the conference that was organized by IRCICA and the Supreme Council of Culture of the Arab Republic of Egypt. They address a wide spectrum of subjects pertaining to the history of Egypt during the Ottoman period including administration, institutions, economy, law, science and technology, cities and architecture. They are published in their language of presentation: mainly in English or Arabic with a few in Turkish and French. As indicated by Dr. Halit Eren in the Preface of the book, the conference represented an important attempt at understanding the history of Egypt during the Ottoman era. It also presented a road map to researchers about the subjects that should be dealt with in studies. It was noted with pleasure that in recent years studies dealing with that period were increasingly based on objective evidence from archival documents and that those communicated in this congress also reflected this trend. Furthermore the congress was an opportunity for historians of different countries to get acquainted with each other, share their findings, and underline the fact that objectivity also requires unbiased interpretations, for which historians should refrain from unscientific, one-sided, ideological or rigid views in approaching the evidence. The book includes a number of topics such as society structure, legal reform, the institution of the kadı, waqfs (foundations), the libraries, and folk traditions that can be of interest to the general reader as well as the researcher.