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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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Punishment, Violence, and the Court

Punishment, Violence, and the Court

(p.311) 8 Punishment, Violence, and the Court
Morality Tales

Leslie Peirce

University of California Press

This chapter addresses the matter of punishment and the sometimes vexed relationship between the judge and the local agents of sovereign authority who enforced the law in Aintab. It discusses the related problems of violence and its uses, both by private individuals and agents of law enforcement. The chapter explores the issue of siyaset, describes the treatment of murder in the Aintab court, and argues that the prosecution of crime and the imposition of criminal penalties at the provincial level were largely the work of local people.

Keywords:   punishment, judge, sovereign authority, Aintab, violence, murder, law enforcement, siyaset, criminal penalties, prosecution

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