Local Court, Provincial Society and Justice in the Ottoman Empire

Legal Practice and Dispute Resolution in Çankırı and Kastamonu (1652-1744)


This book studies the functions of Islamic courts within the framework of the late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Ottoman provincial administration, and explores the processes of adjudication and dispute resolution through a detailed juxtaposition of court records from two Anatolian towns, Çankırı and Kastamonu.
In particular, it identifies the socio-economic backgrounds of the court clients, the kinds of issues that they brought to the courts, their strategies of litigation, and how disputes were resolved in the courts. This book also sheds light on the costs of court usage and reveals alternative sites for dispute resolution that existed independently of the courts.
This study is particularly useful for the students of legal anthropology as it pays a special attention to the practice of law and the process of dispute resolution.

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Boğaç A.Ergene, Ph.D. (2001) in History, Ohio State University, is Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont.
"…required reading for anyone seeking to use the Islamic court records as a historical source." – Linda T. Darling, in: MESA Bulletin, 2004
"...an eloquent, convincing and well-researched book." – Maurits H. Van Den Boogert, in: Bibliotheca Orientalis, 2003
All those interested in Islamic law, social, political and administrative history of the Ottoman Empire, legal anthropology and comparative ethnology.