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Gender Socialization: Ottoman Empire
(1,317 words)

Muslim women's place in Ottoman society was constructed on a complex foundation of ideals and actualities. As in other Islamic communities, the internal configuration of the family and the socioeconomic location of the household were shaping conditions. In combination with these, the patriarchally inclined customs and expectations of the larger society, particularly as projected in Islamic law, served to define women's roles. However, the ambiguities and contradictions of law and custom, and wom…

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Zilfi, Madeline C., “Gender Socialization: Ottoman Empire”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0083c>
First published online: 2009

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