The tribal partners of empire in Arabia: the Ottomans and the Rashidis of Najd, 1880-1918

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NEW PERSPECTIVES ON TURKEY, no.56, pp.105-130, 2017 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/npt.2017.7
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.105-130


This article is about an aspect of the Ottoman-Rashidi partnership in the late Ottoman Empire that deeply influenced the order of things in Arabia and resulted in both the Ottomans and the Rashidis becoming more significant actors in regional politics. The main argument is that this partnership made a great contribution to the visibly increasing Ottoman influence in Najd (i.e., central Arabia) and the Persian Gulf in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. At the same time, the Rashidi family's alliance with the Ottoman Empire paved the way for their emergence as a regional power. Since scholarship on the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century history of Najd and the Arab lands has tended to neglect the importance of this collaboration, the article sets out to analyze it from its inception until its end, drawing on documents from Ottoman, British, German, and Austrian archives.