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Modesty Discourses: Ottoman Empire
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Over the course of its history, the Ottoman Empire incorporated religiously and ethnically diverse populations that held varying beliefs about proper conduct between men and women. This entry focuses largely on official discourse regarding modesty as directed at elite Ottoman women in the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries, with an emphasis on normative discourse regarding gender segregation and standards of dress. It also emphasizes how expectations of gendered behavior – especially the secl…

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Shively, Kim, “Modesty Discourses: Ottoman Empire”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0118d>
First published online: 2009

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