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Final Discussion and Conclusions

Charles Le Quesne

in Quseir

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9789774160097
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781936190027 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774160097.003.0008
Final Discussion and Conclusions

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The early history of Quseir Fort during the Ottoman period and its hinterland demonstrates the ephemeral nature of human settlement in the Eastern Desert. It is true to some degree, long-term inhabitants in many ways have been the nomadic tribes people: in this area, the Ababda to the north and the Beja to the south. The two periods of occupation at Quseir al-Qadim were clearly based upon trade with, later combined with pilgrimage to, Arabia and the east, in times when political and strategic conditions were favorable. When the winds of fortune shifted so, too, did trading patterns. It is probable that this change in trade and pilgrimage routes was actively encouraged by the Cairo authorities. The foundation of the Ottoman fort at Quseir is the result of one of these brief flurries of political concern with Red Sea affairs and specifically the supply of the Holy Cities and the Hejaz.

Keywords: Ottoman period; Quseir Fort; nomadic tribes; Ababda; Beja; Quseir al-Qadim; trading; Holy Cities; Hejaz

Chapter.  6261 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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