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Authors: Elena Grozdanova and Stefan Andreev

Title: Das Los der Frauen nach den osmanischen "Registerbüchern der Beschwerden" vom 17. und 18. Jahrhundert

Subtitle: -

Translation: Woman's Fate as described in the 17th- and 18th-Century Ottoman Books of Complaints

Journal: Bulgarian Historical Review - Revue bulgare d'histoire

Volume: 29

Issue: 1-2

Year: 2001

Pages: 52-68

ISSN: 0204-8906 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: German

Keywords: 17th Century, 18th Century | Albanian History, Bulgarian History, Macedonian History, Turkish History


Link: Central and Eastern European Online Library (Restricted Access)


Abstract: »Using Turkish court records from the 17th and 18th centuries known as books of complaints, the article deals with women's rights and legal status in the Ottoman Empire. The authors present cases from cities and villages in Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, and Albania describing Christian and Muslim girls and women as victims of sexual, physical, psychological, and financial violence and abuse. Both the local judges (kadi) and the central government authorities (the Sublime Porte) tended to prosecute this type of crime, but not very successfully.« (Source: Historical Abstracts)