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This is an introduction chapter of this book, which examines the town of 'Ayntāb, modern Gaziantep in Turkey, during this time of troubles. The book firstly describes the town in Ottoman history and space, and depicts the administrative and physical parameters of urban life including topography, demography and economic resources. The book secondly focuses on the scramble of the 'Ayntābis for titles and entitlements that came with 'askerī status. It thirdly focuses on everyday politics as reflected in daily encounters that took place in and around the court between 'Ayntābis of different social standing; more specifically, it focuses on the right to speak and decide in the name of others. The book also examines the judicial decision-making itself and problematizes the act of testimony as an instance of representation and the participation of the ‘honorable’ and ‘righteous’ 'Ayntābis in the performative power of law.

Keywords: 'Ayntāb; demography; economic resources; Ottoman empire; political hierarchy; resource management; social hierarchy; topography; Turkey



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