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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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Negotiating Legitimacy through the Law

Negotiating Legitimacy through the Law

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(p.276) 7 Negotiating Legitimacy through the Law
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Morality Tales
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Leslie Peirce

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520228900.003.0008

This chapter examines the role of the court in the dialogue between the local and the imperial that shaped Aintab's entry into a vast empire. It explains that the presence of the court allowed people to pursue lawful strategies of resistance and thereby to engage local representatives of state authority in a dialogue about provincial governance. The chapter describes the political contract between the governing regime and its, subjects and the role played by the court in mediating tensions between them.

Keywords:   court, Aintab, resistance, state authority, provincial governance, political contract

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