By Robert Curzon
Initially published in 1854, this books is an soaking up account of Ottoman provincial existence, sooner than the ultimate loss of life of the Ottoman nation. Written by means of a pupil, statesman, and old school imperialist, Curzon displays at the harsh uplands of Ottoman Armenia. Humourous all through, he tells us in regards to the virtues of tezek, the pitfalls of iciness go back and forth, trout fishing at Tortoum, in addition to relatives among neighborhood Armenians, Kurds and Turks. a few of his notions concerning the heritage of the quarter, even if misguided, provide us insights onto eu perceptions at the moment. Curzon's Armenia: A yr in Erzeroom is an exellent creation to the geography, ethnography and politics of this turbulent region.
SPECIAL observe: the current reproduction of Armenia: A yr in Erzeroom, and the Frontiers of Russia, Turkey, and Persia is from the 1854 book of this identify through Harper & Brothers, manhattan.
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29 The ruins of Salamiyya, situated in a well-watered valley some 40 kilometres to the southeast of Hama, served as one of their main strongholds. The Mawaˆ lıˆ domination of the desert and the adjacent areas dated back to the thirteenth century and their leading sheikh was traditionally titled amıˆr al-baˆdiya, the Lord of the Desert. Prior to 1574 the Ottomans had shown considerable reluctance in acknowledging the privileged status of the Mawaˆ lıˆ and campaigned several times against them in order to gain 28 See, for the Mawaˆ lıˆ and the history of the Syrian provinces in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; Abu Husayn, Leaderships; Bakhit, Damascus; Zakariyaˆ , cAshaˆ’ir, pp.
What seems certain is that many tribes Wuld cAlıˆ and the H that were beyond the reach of Wahhaˆ bıˆ forces, were nonetheless strongly affected by the movement. 41 Most of the northern cAnaza tribes appear to have associated themselves voluntarily with the Wahhaˆ bıˆ movement, but they rarely joined Wahhaˆ bıˆ expeditions. However, they did offer logistical support for the largest Wahhaˆ bıˆ raids on the Damascus area in 1809 and 1810 ‘. . 43 They made their presence felt in the course of the 1770s when they regularly clashed with the Mawaˆ lıˆ.
Ibraˆ hıˆm Aghaˆ served under Sulaymaˆ n Aghaˆ of H * asya, then governor of Homs. Some time later a certain cAbdallaˆ h Aghaˆ was sent from Homs to help protect Hama against the carab, see Makkıˆ, Taˆ rıˆkh, pp. 343–56 9 THE OFFICE-HOUSEHOLDS OF THE PROVINCE 47 establish a reputation as a resolute but just and even generous ruler, at least in the eyes of the chronicler. ’11 Ismaˆ cˆıl Aghaˆ al-cAz*m was appointed for a term of seven years to the governorship of Macarra, Hama and Homs on the condition that he would repopulate villages and restore public order.