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Morality TalesLaw and Gender in the Ottoman Court of Aintab$
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Leslie Peirce

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520228900

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520228900.001.0001

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Haciye Sabah’s Story: A Teacher on Trial

Haciye Sabah’s Story: A Teacher on Trial

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Morality Tales

Leslie Peirce

University of California Press

This chapter describes a court case in Aintab involving a teacher named Haciye Sabah. It explains that in July 1541, Sabah was sentenced by the judge to public humiliation and banishment from the city after she was found guilty of violating the practice of gender segregation by allowing males to be present at the religious-instructional classes for females which she ran in her own home. The chapter argues that this case reveals the reactions that are provoked when a woman has influence beyond the conventional roles ascribed to her sex.

Keywords:   court case, Aintab, Haciye Sabah, public humiliation, banishment, gender segregation

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