Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
QuseirAn Ottoman and Napoleonic Fortress on the Red Sea Coast of
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CAIRO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cairo.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The American University in Cairo Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CSO for personal use.date: 28 May 2022

Final Discussion and Conclusions

Final Discussion and Conclusions

(p.299) 8 Final Discussion and Conclusions

Charles Le Quesne

American University in Cairo Press

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

Cairo Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .