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Arts: Theater: Ottoman Empire
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Western-style theaters in various multiethnic, multi-confessional urban centers, such as Constantinople (Istanbul), Smyrna (Izmir), and Thessaloniki began in the early nineteenth century amongst non-Muslim and foreign communities. Acting became a new form of viable employment outside the domestic sphere for women. It also challenged social conventions by being a vehicle for social change, which addressed issues of morality, work, and family (Khalapyan 2006).

The viability of acting as a career for women was coupled with the growing interest and artistic inv…

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Woodall, Carole G., “Arts: Theater: Ottoman Empire”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 28 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0298d>
First published online: 2009

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