Michael Winter's book presents a panoramic view of Ottoman Egypt from the overthrow of the Mamluk Sultanate in 1517 to Bonaparte's invasion of 1798 and the beginning of Egypt's modern period.

Drawing on archive material, chronicle and travel accounts from Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew and European sources as well as up-to-date research, this comprehensive social history looks at the dynamics of the Egyptian-Ottoman relationship and the ethnic and cultural clashes which characterised the period. The conflicts between Ottoman pashas and their Egyptian subjects and between Bedouin Arabs and the more sedentary population are presented, as is the role of women in this period and the importance of the doctrinal clash of Islam both orthodox and popular, Christianity and Judaism.

Winter's broad survey of a complex and dynamic society draws out the central theme of the emergence, from a period of ethnic and religious tension, of an Egyptian consciousness fundamental to Egypt's later development.

chapter 1|27 pages

Historical Background

chapter 2|48 pages

The Vicissitudes of the Ruling Class

chapter 3|30 pages

The Bedouin Arabs and the State

chapter 4|18 pages

The Ulama

chapter 5|38 pages

The Sufis

chapter 6|17 pages

Popular Religion

chapter 8|26 pages

The Dhimmis:Jews and Christians

chapter 9|27 pages

Life in Ottoman Cairo