Amy Singer, “Constructing Ottoman Beneficence: An Imperial Soup Kitchen in Jerusalem”
2002 | pages: 257 | ISBN: 0791453510 | PDF | 1,6 mb
Ottoman charitable endowments (waqf) constituted an enduring monument to imperial beneficence and were important instruments of policy. One type of endowment, the public soup kitchen (>imaret) served travelers, pious mystics, and local indigents alike. Constructing Ottoman Beneficence examines the political, social, and cultural context for founding these public kitchens. It challenges long-held notions of the nature of endowments and explores for the first time how Ottoman modes of beneficence provide an important paradigm for understanding universal questions about the nature of charitable giving.