Ottoman Women in Public Space


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Using a wealth of primary sources and covering the entire Ottoman period, Ottoman Women in Public Space challenges the traditional view that sees Ottoman women as a largely silent element of society, restricted to the home and not seen beyond the walls of the house or the public bath. Instead, taking women in a variety of roles, as economic and political actors, prostitutes, flirts and slaves, the book argues that women were active participants in the public space, visible, present and an essential element in the everyday, public life of the empire. Ottoman Women in Public Space thus offers a vibrant and dynamic understanding of Ottoman history.

Contributors are: Edith Gülçin Ambros, Ebru Boyar, Palmira Brummett, Kate Fleet and Svetla Ianeva.

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Ebru Boyar, Ph.D. Cambridge University, is an Associate Professor at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara. Her publications include Ottomans, Turks and the Balkans: Empire Lost, Relations Altered (London, 2007) and A Social History of Ottoman Istanbul (Cambridge, 2010).

Kate Fleet, Ph.D. SOAS, London University, is Director of the Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies, University of Cambridge. Her publications include European and Islamic Trade in the Early Ottoman State (Cambridge, 1999) and A Social History of Ottoman Istanbul (Cambridge, 2010).
“Ultimately the collection is a rich offering of evidence, from a range of sources, places, and times, that decisively refutes the notion of Ottoman women as inconsequential, invisible, and wholly passive actors in Ottoman history.”
Elizabeth Matsushita in SCTIW Review , November 1, 2016.
Preface: Ebru Boyar and Kate Fleet
Ch. 1: Ottoman Women in Public Space: an Introduction, Edith Gülçin Ambros, Ebru Boyar, Palmira Brummett, Kate Fleet, Svetla Ianeva
Ch. 2: The ‘What If?’ of the Ottoman Female: Authority, Ethnography, and Conversation, Palmira Brummett
Ch. 3: Female Actors, Producers and Money Makers in Ottoman Public Space: the Case of the Late Ottoman Balkans, Svetla Ianeva
Ch. 4: The Powerful Public Presence of the Ottoman Female Consumer, Kate Fleet
Ch. 5: The Extremes of Visibility: Slave Women in Ottoman Public Space, Kate Fleet
Ch. 6: Frivolity and Flirtation, Edith Gülçin Ambros
Ch. 7: An Imagined Moral Community: Ottoman Female Public Presence, Honour and Marginality, Ebru Boyar
Ch. 8: The Public Presence and Political Visibility of Ottoman Women, Ebru Boyar
All interested in Ottoman and Turkish history, Gender history and the history of the Middle East.
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