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Morality Tales

Law and Gender in the Ottoman Court of Aintab
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ISBN-13:
9780520926974
Seiten:
475
Autor:
Leslie Peirce
eBook Typ:
PDF
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

In this skillful analysis, Leslie Peirce 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's proceedings of the court of Aintab, an Anatolian city that had recently been conquered by the Ottoman sultanate, Peirce argues that local residents responded to new opportunities and new constraints by negotiating flexible legal practices. Their actions and the different compromises they reached in court influenced how society viewed gender and also created a dialogue with the ruling regime over mutual rights and obligations. Locating its discussion of gender and legal issues in the context of the changing administrative practices and shifting power relations of the period,
Morality Tales argues that it was only in local interpretation that legal rules acquired vitality and meaning.
In this skillful analysis, Leslie Peirce 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's proceedings of the court of Aintab, an Anatolian city that had recently been conquered by the Ottoman sultanate, Peirce argues that local residents responded to new opportunities and new constraints by negotiating flexible legal practices. Their actions and the different compromises they reached in court influenced how society viewed gender and also created a dialogue with the ruling regime over mutual rights and obligations. Locating its discussion of gender and legal issues in the context of the changing administrative practices and shifting power relations of the period, Morality Tales argues that it was only in local interpretation that legal rules acquired vitality and meaning.
List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Note on Translation and Transliteration



Introduction

Part I. The Setting: Aintab and Its Court

1. Locating Aintab in Space and Time

2. The People of Aintab and Their World

3. Introducing the Court of Aintab

Part II. Gender and the Terrain of Local Justice

Idne’s Story: A Child Marriage in Trouble

4. Gender, Class, and Social Hierarchy

5. Morality and Self-Representation at Court

6. Women, Property, and the Court

Part III. Law, Community, and the State

Haciye Sabah’s Story: A Teacher on Trial

7. Negotiating Legitimacy through the Law

8. Punishment, Violence, and the Court

Part IV: Making Justice at the Court of Aintab

Fatma’s Story: The Dilemma of a Pregnant Peasant Girl

Conclusion



Notes

Index