Women in the Ottoman Empire

Middle Eastern Women in the Early Modern Era


This collection of articles by 14 Middle East historians is a pathbreaking work in the history of Middle Eastern women prior to the contemporary era. The collection seeks to begin the task of reconstructing the history of (Muslim) women's experience in the middle centuries of the Ottoman era, between the mid-seventeenth century and the early nineteenth, prior to hegemonic European involvement in the region and prior to the "modernizing reforms' inaugurated by the Ottoman regime.

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Madeline C. Zilfi, Ph.D. (1976), University of Chicago, is Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has published many articles on Ottoman history and is the author of The Politics of Piety. The Ottoman Ulema 1600-1800 ( Chicago: Bibliotheca Islamica, 1987).
' ...a selection of meticulously researched, carefully argued, and eloquently presented essays...an important contribution to the growing literature on Middle Eastern women's lives...essential reading for scholars of the Middle East, the clarity and thoroughness of each essay and the extensive glossary provided make this text accessible to specialists of other regions as well.'
Mine Ener, Turkish Studies Association Bulletin, 1998.
Scholars of Ottoman history, gender studies, early modern history.