Through an examination of the role of domesticated animals as forms of property in rural Ottoman Egypt, this chapter argues that historians of the early modern Muslim world must pay greater attention to the economic and social importance of animals. Based on the Islamic court records of multiple cities in both the Nile Delta and southern Egypt, this chapter documents the roles of animals as agricultural laborers, means of transport, and sources of food. It then analyzes several court cases in which the ability of animals to move, die, and procreate challenged notions of property and legal ownership in Ottoman Egypt. Because animals were everywhere in rural Ottoman Egypt, they were enmeshed in nearly all aspects of the social and economic history of the countryside.
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