Researching Domestic Life in Late Ottoman Beirut

Toufoul Abou-Hodeib


This research note maps out the different sources available for carrying out research on domestic life in late Ottoman Beirut. Remaining buildings, court records, consular trade reports, advertisements, and municipal minutes are not new to research on Bilad al-Sham. Collectively, however, they offer a multifaceted view of the material aspects of domestic life in the late Ottoman period and can contribute to a broader understanding of modernity that goes beyond histories of the elite.

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