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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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Gender, Class, and Social Hierarchy

Gender, Class, and Social Hierarchy

(p.143) 4 Gender, Class, and Social Hierarchy
Morality Tales

Leslie Peirce

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on gender and social class, two aspects of identity that interacted to shape legal thinking and legal processes in Aintab. It analyzes the normative legal prescriptions and practices in the Aintab court, and suggests that as social and legal categories, neither gender nor social class was monolithic or even stable. The chapter also argues that the absence of elite women from the Aintab court suggests that the ideal of the muhaddere woman shaped the conduct of at least some segments of Aintab's privileged classes.

Keywords:   gender, social class, identity, Aintab, court, legal prescriptions, muhaddere woman, privileged class

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