Women and Slavery in the Late Ottoman Empire: The Design of Difference

Women and Slavery in the Late Ottoman Empire: The Design of Difference

by Madeline Zilfi
     
 

Madeline Zilf's latest book examines gender politics through slavery and social regulation in the Ottoman Empire. In a challenge to prevailing, notions, her research shows that, throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, females slavery was not only central to Ottoman practice but also a critical component of imperial governance and elite social

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Madeline Zilf's latest book examines gender politics through slavery and social regulation in the Ottoman Empire. In a challenge to prevailing, notions, her research shows that, throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, females slavery was not only central to Ottoman practice but also a critical component of imperial governance and elite social reproduction. As Zilfi illustrates through her accounts of the particular vulnerabilities of slave women, the failures of abolitionism in the Ottoman Middle East were due in large part to the overwhelmingly female character of the slave institution in the later centuries. The book focuses on the experience of slavery in the Ottoman capital of Istanbul, also using comparative data from Egypt and North Africa to illustrate the regional diversity and local dynamics that were the hallmarks of slavery in the Middle East during the early modern era. This is an articulate and informed account that sets the Ottoman system in the context of more general debates on women, slavery, and the construction of social dependency.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521515832
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2010
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization Series
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations vii

Preface and acknowledgments xi

Mote on transliteration xiii

Chronology xv

1 Empire and imperium 1

2 Currents of change 22

3 Women and the regulated society 45

4 Telling the Ottoman slave story 96

5 Meaning and practice 153

6 Feminizing slavery 189

7 Men are kanun, women are shari'ah 216

Abbreviations 237

Selected works 239

Index 271

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