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A Pre-Modern Middle-Eastern Population Brought to Light:Digitization of the 1848 and 1868 Egyptian Individual-Level Census Records

Saleh, Mohamed (2011) A Pre-Modern Middle-Eastern Population Brought to Light:Digitization of the 1848 and 1868 Egyptian Individual-Level Census Records. , Toulouse

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Abstract

This paper describes my digitization project of two nationally representative samples of the 1848
and 1868 Egyptian censuses from the original manuscripts at the National Archives of Egypt,
and introduces an application of the data in the field of Egyptian economic history. Our
knowledge about pre-modern Middle Eastern societies has been limited by the lack of data. The
1848 and 1868 Egyptian individual-level census records provide two detailed snapshots of the
Egyptian population in its early attempts to make the transition into a modernized society.
Carried out during the reigns of Muhammad Ali (1805-1848) and Ismail (1863-1879)
respectively, these censuses are perhaps the earliest in the Middle East and among the earliest in
any non-Western country to include information on all segments of society including females,
children, and slaves, and on a wide range of demographic and socioeconomic variables.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: May 2011
Place of Publication: Toulouse
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Institution: Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2016 11:01
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2018 13:23
OAI ID: oai:tse-fr.eu:26116
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/21499

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