Women and Slavery in the Late Ottoman Empire: The Design of Difference
Madeline C. Zilfi's latest book examines gender politics through slavery and social regulation in the Ottoman Empire. In a challenge to prevailing notions, her research shows that throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries female slavery was not only central to Ottoman practice, but a critical component of imperial governance and elite social reproduction. As Zilfi illustrates through her graphic accounts of the humiliations and sufferings endured by these women at the hands of their owners, Ottoman slavery was often as cruel as its Western counterpart. The book focuses on the experience of slavery in the Ottoman capital of Istanbul, also using comparative data from Egypt and North Africa to illustrate the regional diversity and local dynamics that were the hallmarks of slavery in the Middle East during the early modern era. This is an articulate and informed account that sets more general debates on women and slavery in the Ottoman context.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
Abdullah African slaves Ahmed Ahmed III Altınay Ankara askeri C¸elebi captives cariye Christian Circassian clothing concubines cultural dealers domestic economic Efendi Egypt eighteenth and nineteenth eighteenth century elite emancipation empire’s enslavement Erdem ethnic European Faroqhi female slaves ﬁgures ﬁrst freeborn gender girls Halil Inalcık Hanım History household identiﬁed Imperial Harem Islamic law Istanbul IstM Janissaries Julia Pardoe kadı Kadın Kadızadelis labor Leyla Saz Mahmud Mahmud II male slaves manumission master Mediterranean medrese Mehmed Mekkizade Middle East military Muslim Mustafa Mustafa III nineteenth century non-Muslim Nonetheless Numaralı ofﬁce ofﬁcial Osman Osmanlı Ottoman Empire Ottoman Slave Trade owners palace Pasha political polygyny Qur’anic reaya reﬂected reform regarding reign religious S¨uleyman S¸eyh¨ulislam Selim Selim III seventeenth century sexual shari’ah sixteenth Slave Market slave women slaveholding slavery Slavery and Abolition slavery’s social speciﬁc status Sultan sumptuary Tanzimat Tarihi Toledano Turkey Turkish ulema umm-i veled urban vizier wife Zilﬁ