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Representation And Decision-Making

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This chapter looks into selected urban functions in order to explore the ways in which representation, decision-making and power were interwoven into the fabric of everyday life. The management of orphans’ money, endowed assets and the town’s collective affairs are examined as instances of resource management. The protection of orphans in Islamic societies was an important theme that cut across the ethical and legal discourse. Representing ʿAyntab in such legal acts or in more conventional encounters with local officials or authorities in the capital involved more than spokesmanship alone. In urban ʿAyntab, the tax load also had to be distributed among bölük which appear to have emerged in the seventeenth century, probably, in response to the new tax regime.

Keywords: ʿAyntab; decision-making; endowed assets; orphans’ assets; resource management; tax allocation



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