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A fascinating and vivid picture of the perils and promises of nocturnal life in cities in the early modern Middle East.
Introduction; I. Nocturnal Realities: 1. Disquieting; 2. Order Invisible; 3. The Urban Subconscious; 4. Ambivalence and Ambiguity; 5. Manufacturing Light; II. Dark Politics; 6. Shining Power; 7. Night Battles; Conclusion: Dawn of a New Night?
Avner Wishnitzer is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University where he specializes in the social and cultural history of the Ottoman Empire. He is the author of Reading Clocks, Alla Turca: Time and Society in the Late Ottoman Empire (2015) and a co-editor of A Global Middle East: Mobility, Materiality and Culture in the Modern Age, 1880-1940 (2016).