Morality Tales: Law and Gender in the Ottoman Court of Aintab

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University of California Press, 16.06.2003 - 475 Seiten
In this skillful analysis, Leslie Peirce delves into the life of a sixteenth-century Middle Eastern community, bringing to light the ways that women and men used their local law court to solve personal, family, and community problems. Examining one year's proceedings of the court of Aintab, an Anatolian city that had recently been conquered by the Ottoman sultanate, Peirce argues that local residents responded to new opportunities and new constraints by negotiating flexible legal practices. Their actions and the different compromises they reached in court influenced how society viewed gender and also created a dialogue with the ruling regime over mutual rights and obligations. Locating its discussion of gender and legal issues in the context of the changing administrative practices and shifting power relations of the period, Morality Tales argues that it was only in local interpretation that legal rules acquired vitality and meaning.
 

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Inhalt

VI
19
VII
50
VIII
86
IX
127
X
129
XI
143
XII
176
XIII
209
XV
251
XVI
276
XVII
311
XVIII
349
XIX
351
XXI
375
XXII
391
Urheberrecht

XIV
249

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Leslie Peirce is Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire (1993).

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