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Women and the City, Women in the City

A Gendered Perspective on Ottoman Urban History

Edited by Nazan Maksudyan

210 pages, 5 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-411-3 $85.00/£60.00 Hb Published (September 2014)

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“An impressive work of seminal scholarship, Women and the City, Women in the City: A Gendered Perspective of Ottoman Urban History is a compendium of seven original articles… Enhanced with the inclusion of two pages of notes on contributors; an eighteen page bibliography; and a twenty-one page index, Women and the City, Women in the City is an especially recommended addition to academic library Women's Studies, Turkish Cultural History, and Ottoman History reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists." · Midwest Book Review

“This is a pioneering work on gender in the city in the Ottoman and post-Ottoman world and fills an important lacunae in the literature on this subject. The different sections and chapters complement one another and the book as a whole is highly readable and compelling. Through richly textured case studies, the book demonstrates the central role of women as actors in the public sphere in the Ottoman Empire at a time of great political, social and cultural turmoil, challenging age-old stereotypes about women in the Middle East.” · Leyla Neyzi, Sabancı University

“All the essays display a very high academic standard and, according to my judgement, they deal with original and hitherto under-researched topics. An additional benefit is that all of them use various original sources in the different languages of the region that have not been made accessible before.” · Florian Riedler, Zentrum Moderner Orient

An attempt to reveal, recover and reconsider the roles, positions, and actions of Ottoman women, this volume reconsiders the negotiations, alliances, and agency of women in asserting themselves in the public domain in late- and post-Ottoman cities. Drawing on diverse theoretical backgrounds and a variety of source materials, from court records to memoirs to interviews, the contributors to the volume reconstruct the lives of these women within the urban sphere. With a fairly wide geographical span, from Aleppo to Sofia, from Jeddah to Istanbul, the chapters offer a wide panorama of the Ottoman urban geography, with a specific concern for gender roles.

Nazan Maksudyan is Assistant Professor of History at the Sociology Department of Istanbul Kemerburgaz University and has held Wissenschaftskolleg and Alexander von Humboldt postdoc positions in Berlin at Zentrum Moderner Orient.

Subject: Gender Studies Urban Studies General History
Area: Middle East & Israel

LC: HQ1726.7.W6296 2014

BL: YC.2014.a.15795

BISAC: SOC028000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Women's Studies; SOC026030 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Sociology/Urban; HIS055000 HISTORY/Middle East/Turkey & Ottoman Empire*

BIC: JFSJ Gender studies, gender groups; JFSG Urban communities




Contents

List of Figures

Preface: Kaffee und Kuchen

Acknowledgments

Introduction: A Gendered Perspective to Ottoman Urban History

PART I: WOMEN AND REORGANIZATION OF URBAN LIFE

Chapter 1. Times of Tamaddun: Gender, Urbanity, and Temporality in Colonial Egypt
On Barak

Chapter 2. Women in the Post-Ottoman Public Sphere: Anti-Veiling Campaigns and the Gendered Reshaping of Urban Space in Early Republican Turkey
Sevgi Adak

PART II: MALE SPACES, FEMALE SPACES? LIMITS OF AND BREACHES IN THE GENDERED ORDER OF THE CITY

Chapter 3. Playing with Gender: The Carnival of al-Qays in Jeddah
Ulrike Freitag

Chapter 4. Mixed Marriage, Prostitution, Survival: Reintegrating Armenian Women into Post-Ottoman Cities
Vahé Tachjian

Chapter 5. “This time women as well got involved in politics!”: Nineteenth Century Ottoman Women's Organizations and Political Agency
Nazan Maksudyan

PART III: DISCOURSES AND NARRATIVES OF GENDER IN THE URBAN CONTEXT

Chapter 6. Early Republican Turkish Orientalism? The Erotic Picture of an Algerian Woman and the notion of Beauty between the “West” and the “Orient”
Nora Lafi

Chapter 7. The Urban Experience in Women’s Memoirs: Mediha Kayra's World War I Notebook
Christoph Herzog

Notes on Contributors
Bibliography
Index

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