By Carter Vaughn Findley
From the author's preface: chic Porte--there has to be few phrases extra redolent, even at the present time, of the fascination that the Islamic heart East has lengthy exercised over Western imaginations. but there also needs to be few Western minds that now understand what this time period refers to, or why it has any declare to awareness. One present-day heart East specialist admits to having lengthy interpreted the expression as a connection with Istambul's just right ordinary harbor. This person may not be specified and will might be declare to be particularly good educated. whilst the elegant Porte nonetheless existed, Westerners who frolicked in Istanbul knew the time period as a designation for the Ottoman executive, yet few knew why the identify used to be used, or what element of the Ottoman executive it effectively specific. What was once the genuine elegant Porte? used to be it a firm? A construction? not more, actually, than a door or gateway? What approximately it was once vital sufficient to reason the identify to be remembered?
In one experience, the aim of this publication is to reply to those questions. after all, it is going to additionally do even more and may, within the procedure, flow quick onto a airplane really diverse from the exoticism simply invoked. For to check the bureaucratic complicated thoroughly often called the elegant Porte, and to investigate its evolution and that of the physique of guys who staffed it, is to discover an issue of large value for the improvement of the executive associations of the Ottoman Empire, the Islamic lands normally, and in a few senses the complete non-Westerrn world.
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The council of elders of Ebla, led by Zazalla, does not want to free these people because “if we set them free, who will serve us our food? They are (our) cupbearers, servants, cooks and scullery boys” (no. 15 I 22– 28//II 22–29). Megi is forced to admit to Tessub that, despite his own wishes, Ebla will not free the prisoners (no. 15 IV 12–19//III 12–20), thus sealing its own fate. See M. C. Astour, “The Geographical and Political Structure of the Ebla Empire,” in Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft von Ebla (ed.
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