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Women - Ottoman Empire
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Until the second half of the nineteenth century, as was common in other traditional communities, Jewish girls and women had no opportunity to obtain a formal education.

As a result, the life experiences of most of them were limited to the realm of home and family. Girls usually spent their childhood years being trained by their mothers to be good wives and mothers. Once they reached the age of twelve, they were considered suitable for marriage, usually pre-arranged by their families years in advance. Nevertheless, many Jewish girls received some informal education at home by family me…

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Avigdor Levy, “Women - Ottoman Empire”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 08 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000541>
First published online: 2010

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