Social Identity and Patterns of Interaction in the Sharia Court of Kastamonu (1740-44)

in Islamic Law and Society
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Abstract

In this article I introduce quantitative techniques and procedures to analyze how various social groups in mid-18th-century Ottoman Kastamonu experienced the court process. By processing the information found in three Kastamonu court registers, I attempt to determine the group identities of court clients and to compare the choices made by different groups in various legal circumstances. I will identify the kinds of issues brought to court by different segments of the social hierarchy, and the legal adversaries and/or contracting parties brought to court by these court clients; and I will assess how these groups fared in their disputes. My analysis confirms the existence of diverse patterns of court use by various groups in 18th-century Kastamonu and the differential use of the court's services by clients with different social and economic backgrounds.

Social Identity and Patterns of Interaction in the Sharia Court of Kastamonu (1740-44)

in Islamic Law and Society

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