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Author: Başak Tuğ

Title: Gendered Subjects in Ottoman Constitutional Agreements, ca. 1740-1860

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Journal: European Journal of Turkish Studies

Volume: -

Issue: 18

Year: 2014

Pages: 22 pages (PDF)

ISSN: 1773-0546 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 18th Century, 19th Century | Asian History: Turkish History


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Author: Başak Tuğ, Tarih Bölümü (Department of History), İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi (Istanbul Bilgi University) –

Abstract: »This article aims to historicize the notion of honor in the Ottoman legal discourse and practice from the early-modern period to the so-called “reform era”, the era most scholars maintain began with the Tanzimat Edict of 1839. Such a historical approach uses justice as a key to understand honor not as a value system, but as a rhetoric. Thus, it problematizes an a-historical conception of honor which assumes that honor codes in modern societies are largely the legacy of “traditional” norms of the pre-modern periods. This study argues that the persistent emphasis on honor in the correspondence especially between the central government and the Ottoman subjects in the eighteenth century reflects the development of new parameters between the state and its subjects in moral terms. On the one hand, the motto of “life, honor and property” of the Tanzimat Edict represents a continuation of such discourse of honor as a legitimizing mechanism. Yet, on the other hand, the legal codification of honor in the Criminal Codes of the nineteenth century reflects a novel constitutional construction of gendered citizenship around reproduction in the conjugal family through the partnership of the patriarchal state and the male subjects.« (Source: European Journal of Turkish Studies)


  Author's Note
  “Circle of Justice” in Early-Modern Ottoman Legal Theory
  Legitimacy, Honor and Sexual Violence
  Tanzimat Reforms – “Life, Honor and Property,” and the Gendered Citizen in the Criminal Code
  In Lieu of Conclusion

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