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Historical Studies Program, Dean of the College, and Middle Eastern Studies Program present

Legalizing Commerce: Merchants and Legal Reform in Ottoman Egypt, 1841-1876

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Candidate for Middle Eastern History

Omar Cheta

New York University

The nineteenth-century was a period of far-reaching legal reforms in the Ottoman Empire. In this talk, I will explore the intersection of these reforms with the economy. Specifically, I will trace how “commerce” was redefined both as a concept and a practice in light of a novel legal infrastructure. The geographic focus of the presentation is Egypt, which was the site of momentous legal experiments and a dynamic commercial sphere from 1841 onwards. In constructing my argument, I will rely on contemporary archival records, especially, merchant court documents and private business papers.

Time: 4:45 pm

Location: Olin 205