Women in the Ottoman Empire: Middle Eastern Women in the Early Modern Era

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This collection of articles by 14 Middle East historians is a pathbreaking work in the history of Middle Eastern women prior to the contemporary era. The collection seeks to begin the task of reconstructing the history of (Muslim) women's experience in the middle centuries of the Ottoman era, between the mid-seventeenth century and the early nineteenth, prior to hegemonic European involvement in the region and prior to the "modernizing reforms' inaugurated by the Ottoman regime.

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'...a selection of meticulously researched, carefully argued, and eloquently presented essays...an important contribution to the growing literature on Middle Eastern women's lives...essential reading for scholars of the Middle East, the clarity and thoroughness of each essay and the extensive glossary provided make this text accessible to specialists of other regions as well.'
Mine Ener, Turkish Studies Association Bulletin, 1998.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004108042
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/1997
  • Series: Ottoman Empire and its Heritage Series, #10
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Madeline C. Zilfi, Ph.D. (1976), University of Chicago, is Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has published many articles on Ottoman history and is the author of The Politics of Piety. The Ottoman Ulema 1600-1800 (Chicago: Bibliotheca Islamica, 1987).
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Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration
List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
Crime, Women, and Wealth in the Eighteenth-Century Anatolian Countryside 6
Women and Waqf: Property, Power, and the Domain of Gender in Eighteenth-Century Egypt 28
Social Boundaries of Ottoman Women's Experience in Eighteenth-Century Galata Court Records 48
The Professionalization of Health and the Control of Women's Bodies as Modern Governmentalities in Nineteenth-Century Egypt 66
Women, Marriage, and Property: Mahr in the Behcetu'l-Fetava of Yenisehirli Abdullah 81
Slippers at the Entrance or Behind Closed Doors: Domestic and Public Spaces for Mosuli Women 105
Women and Waqf Revisited: The Case of Aleppo, 1770-1840 128
"Musicians and Dancing Girls": Images of Women in Ottoman Miniature Painting" 153
Seniority, Sexuality, and Social Order: The Vocabulary of Gender in Early Modern Ottoma Society 169
Singing His Words: Ottoman Women Poets and the Power of Patriarchy 197
Rape and Law in Ottoman and Modern Egypt 214
The Fullness of Affection: Mothering in the Islamic Law of Ottoman Syria and Palestine 232
Ottoman Women and the Tradition of Seeking Justice in the Eighteenth Century 253
"We Don't Get Along": Women and Hul Divorce in the Eighteenth Century 264
Glossary 297
Bibliography 307
Index 321
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