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Ottoman Amān

Western Ownership of Real Estate and the Politics of Law prior to the Land Code of 1876

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Entangled Travellers

Analyzing the Reizen (1758) by Johan Ægidius van Egmond and Johannes Heyman

Maurits H. van den Boogert

This article offers an analysis of one of the best known eighteenth-century Dutch accounts of the Middle East, the Reizen (Travels) of Johannes Heyman and Johan Ægidius van Egmond van de Nijenburg. On the basis of parts of Heyman’s correspondence which have not been studied before, we will reconstruct both his itinerary and that of Van Egmond. The role of the nominal editor of the volume, J.W. Heyman, will also be examined for the first time.

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According to Bernard Lewis, the Ottomans considered dealing with Westerners “the dirtiest trade of all”, the mediation in which they were happy to leave to Ottoman non-Muslims. In the study of Christian and Jewish ‘dragomans’ their contacts with Europeans tend to be emphasized, but almost all of them only worked for a particular embassy or consulate part-time—if they were in active service at all. This article will highlight the various other socio-economic activities of non-Muslim protégés of European consulates in the pre-modern period, with case studies from Aleppo. These additional enterprises, which have escaped scholarly attention until now, also show that the protégés had and generally kept close ties with their local confessional community and did not “Westernize” nearly as much as it is often assumed.

Adam Guerin and Maurits H. van den Boogert