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Morality Tales: Law and Gender in the Ottoman Court of Aintab

Leslie Peirce


This book delves into the life of a sixteenth-century Middle Eastern community, bringing to light the ways that women and men used their local law court to solve personal, family, and community problems. Examining one year of proceedings of the court of Aintab, an Anatolian city which had recently been conquered by the Ottoman sultanate, the author argues that local residents responded to new opportunities and new constraints by negotiating flexible legal practices. The local residents' actions and the different compromises they reached in court influenced how society viewed gender and also cr ... More

Keywords: Anatolian city, Ottoman sultanate, legal practices, mutual rights, mutual obligations, administrative practices, power relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520228900
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520228900.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leslie Peirce, author