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Women, Gender, and the Palace Households in Ottoman Tunisia
     

Women, Gender, and the Palace Households in Ottoman Tunisia

by Amy Aisen Kallander
 

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In this first in-depth study of the ruling family of Tunisia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Kallander investigates the palace as a site of familial and political significance. Through extensive archival research, she elucidates the domestic economy of the palace as well as the changing relationship between the ruling family of Tunis and the government,

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In this first in-depth study of the ruling family of Tunisia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Kallander investigates the palace as a site of familial and political significance. Through extensive archival research, she elucidates the domestic economy of the palace as well as the changing relationship between the ruling family of Tunis and the government, thus revealing how the private space of the palace mirrored the public political space.

“Instead of viewing the period as merely a precursor to colonial occupation and the nation-state as emphasized in precolonial or nationalist histories, this narrative moves away from images of stagnation and dependency to insist upon dynamism,” Kallander explains. She delves deep into palace dynamics, comparing them to those of monarchies outside of the Ottoman Empire to find persuasive evidence of a global modernity. She demonstrates how upper-class Muslim women were active political players, exerting their power through displays of wealth such as consumerism and philanthropy. Ultimately, she creates a rich view of the Husaynid dynastic culture that will surprise many, and stimulate debate and further research among scholars of Ottoman Tunisia.

Editorial Reviews

International Journal of Islamic Architecture - Leslie Peirce
"[Kallander] deftly demonstrates that females of the household fit closely and naturally into practices that cemented Husaynid legitimacy. In a word, women, their public work and family relationships were integral to the longevity of Husaynid government."
International Journal of Islamic Architecture
"[Kallander] deftly demonstrates that females of the household fit closely and naturally into practices that cemented Husaynid legitimacy. In a word, women, their public work and family relationships were integral to the longevity of Husaynid government."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292748385
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
09/15/2013
Pages:
287
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Amy Aisen Kallander is Assistant Professor of Middle East History and affiliated faculty with the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Syracuse University.

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