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Representations: Legends and Epics: Ottoman Empire
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Women and gender issues in Ottoman legends and epics have not yet been monographically studied. Rare remarks usually refer to exceptional cases such as warrior women. A good deal has been written on women in the Book of Dede Korkut, the central epic of the Oghuz Turks, when showing that the pre-Islamic nomadic Turkish woman was much less restricted and more equal than her Islamized successor.

Works, especially from early Ottoman literature, that fit into the genre of legends and epics are numerous and often lengthy. The present survey is based on (semi) prose …

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Anetshofer, Helga, “Representations: Legends and Epics: Ottoman Empire”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0627d>
First published online: 2009

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