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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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Morality and Self-Representation at Court

Morality and Self-Representation at Court

(p.176) 5 Morality and Self-Representation at Court
Morality Tales

Leslie Peirce

University of California Press

This chapter examines how morality animated the work of the court and its users in Aintab. It explains that preserving reputation was a goal of much litigation at court and of many of the voluntary statements which Aintabans had the judge write into the court record. The chapter discusses two general issues that affected the ways in which individuals approached the court. The first was the nature of the case at hand; and the second was resistance to the hierarchy of social and moral worth discussed in the previous chapter.

Keywords:   morality, Aintab, litigation, reputation, court record, social worth, moral worth

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