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QuseirAn Ottoman and Napoleonic Fortress on the Red Sea Coast of
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Charles Le Quesne

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789774160097

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774160097.001.0001

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Final Discussion and Conclusions

Final Discussion and Conclusions

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(p.299) 8 Final Discussion and Conclusions
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Quseir
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Charles Le Quesne

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774160097.003.0008

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

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