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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. )
  List of Maps and Illustrations (p. )
  Abbreviations (p. )
  Introduction (p. )
  Chapter 1
  Social and Legal Order in the Eighteenth Century (p. )
  Justice, Imperial Public Order, and Ottoman Politico-Judicial Authority (p. )
  Oligarchic Rule and Local Notables in the Eighteenth Century (p. )
  The Kanun as Legal Practice in the Eighteenth Century (p. )
  Chapter 2
  Petitioning and Intervention: A Question of Power (p. )
  The Imperial Council and Petitions as a Reflection of Imperial Law in Legal Practice (p. )
  Petitionary (Ahkam) Registers and Socio-Legal Surveillance (p. )
  Reporting Sexual Violence (p. )
  Actors, Strategies, and Rhetoric (p. )
  Petitions as a Mirror of Local Cleavages (p. )
  Chapter 3
  Banditry, Sexual Violence and Honor (p. )
  Sexual Violence as a Sign of “Habitualness” to Violence (p. )
  Sexual Violence, Honor and the Imperial State (p. )
  Chapter 4
  The Repertoire of Sexual Crimes in the Courts (p. )
  Why fi‛l-i şeni‛ (Indecent Act), but not zina (p. )
  Other Expressions Used in the Registers to Describe Sexual Assaults (p. )
  Chapter 5
  The Penal Order of Eighteenth-Century Anatolia (p. )
  The Enigma of Crime and Punishment in the Court Records (p. )
  Social and Institutional Limits to the Authority of Local Judges (p. )
  Under Whose Discretion was Sexual and Moral Order? (p. )
  In Lieu of Conclusion: Silence and Outcry in the Records (p. )
  Conclusion (p. )
  Bibliography (p. )
  Index (p. )

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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