This article examines petitions sent to Istanbul at the end of the nineteenth century by Bedouin groups from the kazas (subdistricts) of Jaffa and Gaza, on Palestineâ (tm) s central and southern coast. The Bedouin's use of the petition process shows that many of them, especially those who had gone through a process of sedentarization, played according to the rules prevailing among the urban and rural populations in their vicinity. Their petitions also demonstrate vividly the extent to which they were involved in city politics and social life. Bedouins confidently put forward claims to landownership based on their own legal interpretation of their rights and, at times, even adopted the dominant discourse on good governance.
|Number of pages||28|
|Journal||Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient|
|State||Published - 10 Apr 2015|
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- Bedouin petitions
- Late Ottoman Palestine
- Petition writers
- Subdistrict of Gaza
- Subdistrict of Jaffa
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science
- Economics and Econometrics