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Author: Başak Tuğ

Title: Politics of Honor in Ottoman Anatolia

Subtitle: Sexual Violence and Socio-Legal Surveillance in the Eighteenth Century

Place: Leiden

Publisher: Brill

Year: 2017

Pages: x + 290pp.

Series: The Ottoman Empire and its Heritage 62

ISBN-13: 9789004266971 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9789004338654 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

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



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


  Acknowledgments (p. vii)
  List of Figures (p. ix)
  Abbreviations (p. x)
  Introduction (p. 1)
  1 Social and Legal Order in the Eighteenth Century (p. 25)
    Justice, Imperial Public Order, and Ottoman Politico-Judicial Authority (p. 34)
    Oligarchic Rule and Local Notables in the Eighteenth Century (p. 50)
    The Kanun as Legal Practice in the Eighteenth Century (p. 55)
  2 Petitioning and Intervention: A Question of Power (p. 72)
    The Imperial Council and Petitions as a Reflection of Imperial Law in Legal Practice (p. 74)
    Petitionary (Ahkam) Registers and Socio-Legal Surveillance (p. 86)
    Reporting Sexual Violence (p. 94)
    Actors, Strategies, and Rhetoric (p. 104)
    Petitions as a Mirror of Local Cleavages (p. 112)
  3 Banditry, Sexual Violence and Honor (p. 127)
    >Sexual Violence as a Sign of “Habitualness” to Violence (p. 129)
    Sexual Violence, Honor, and the Imperial State (p. 140)
  4 The Repertoire of Sexual Crimes in the Courts (p. 155)
    Why fi‛l-i şeni‛ (Indecent Act), but Not zina (p. 156)
    Other Expressions Used in the Registers to Describe Sexual Assaults (p. 179)
  5 The Penal Order of Eighteenth-century Anatolia (p. 185)
    The Enigma of Crime and Punishment in the Court Records (p. 185)
    Social and Institutional Limits to the Authority of Local Judges (p. 190)
    Under Whose Discretion was Sexual and Moral Order? (p. 212)
    In Lieu of Conclusion: Silence and Outcry in the Records (p. 242)
  Conclusion (p. 245)
  Bibliography (p. 253)
  Index (p. 277)

Description: »In Politics of Honor, Başak Tuğ examines moral and gender order through the glance of legal litigations and petitions in mid-eighteenth century Anatolia. By juxtaposing the Anatolian petitionary registers, subjects’ petitions, and Ankara and Bursa court records, she analyzes the institutional framework of legal scrutiny of sexual order. Through a revisionist interpretation, Tuğ demonstrates that a more bureaucratized system of petitioning, a farther hierarchically organized judicial review mechanism, and a more centrally organized penal system of the mid-eighteenth century reinforced the existing mechanisms of social surveillance by the community and the co-existing “discretionary authority” of the Ottoman state over sexual crimes to overcome imperial anxieties about provincial “disorder”.« (Source: Brill)

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