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New Texts Out Now: Nelly Hanna, Artisan Entrepreneurs in Cairo and Early Modern Capitalism (1600-1800)
Nelly Hanna, Artisan Entrepreneurs in Cairo and Early Modern Capitalism (1600-1800). Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2011. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book, and what particular topics, issues, and literatures does it address? Nelly Hanna (NH): The book is part of a large body of literature that deals with the artisans and guilds of the Ottoman Empire. Scholars have written about artisans in Istanbul, Bursa, Aleppo, and Jerusalem (including Suraiya ...Keep Reading »
Nelly Hanna is professor and chair of the Department of Arabic Studies at the American University of Cairo. She is the author of In Praise of Books: A Cultural History of Cairo’s Middle Class, Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century; Making Big Money in 1600: The Life and Times of Isma’il Abu Taqiyya, Egyptian Merchant; and Artisan Entrepreneurs in Cairo and Early Modern Capitalism (1600–1800).