By Madeline Zilfi
Madeline C. Zilfi's most up-to-date publication examines gender politics via slavery and social law within the Ottoman Empire. In a problem to winning notions, her study exhibits that in the course of the eighteenth and 19th centuries lady slavery was once not just imperative to Ottoman perform, yet a severe element of imperial governance and elite social replica. As Zilfi illustrates via her picture debts of the humiliations and sufferings continued via those ladies by the hands in their vendors, Ottoman slavery used to be usually as merciless as its Western counterpart. The booklet specializes in the event of slavery within the Ottoman capital of Istanbul, additionally utilizing comparative info from Egypt and North Africa to demonstrate the nearby variety and native dynamics that have been the hallmarks of slavery within the heart East in the course of the early sleek period. this can be an articulate and expert account that units extra normal debates on girls and slavery within the Ottoman context.
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Sheikh Sa~h, to Sultan Mahmud n2 new world order A Ottoman subjects born in the early eighteenth century would have felt uneasy and very likely estranged had they been transported to the Ottoman world of the 1830s. Even Istanbulites accustomed to the capital's dynamic diversity; the ebbs and flows of its innumerable ethnic and confessional groups; the cavalcades of merchants, migrants, and foreign and home-grown freebooters, all of whom made Istanbul foreign and transient as much as domestic and urban, would have recognized that a shift in relations of power had occurred.
The principal markets and bazaars still functioned, as crowded as ever and probably more so. The merchandise on display, however, revealed new kinds of goods, especially new varieties of French, British, and Indian fabrics. 27 Istanbul's shorelines showed signs of energetic suburbanization and the presence of new, or newly showy, wealth. Both the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus Straits were liberally sprinkled with grandees' residences and imperial palaces where there had been few before. 28 The more striking differences, however, manifested themselves at street level, in material and behavioral signs of an alteration in social relationships and 'cultural outlooks.
24 Women and Slavery in the Late Ottoman Empire and ideational currents of the period. Broad challenges to relationships of authority, expressions of individualism, the embrace of secularist principles of state formation and social identity and, toward the end of the period, the stirrings of a discourse of rights, shaped and were in tum shaped by the buffeted existence of the Ottoman state as empire. The articulation of the new ways of being and the contestation that these engendered established a dialectic of modernizing change and conservative resistance that would preoccupy succeeding generations as well.
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