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"Off the straight path" : illicit sex, law, and community in Ottoman Aleppo

Author: Elyse Semerdjian
Publisher: Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, ©2008.
Series: Gender, culture, and politics in the Middle East.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The legal treatment of sexual behavior is a subject that receives little scholarly attention in the field of Middle East women's studies. Important questions about the relationship between sexuality and the law and about the societies enforcing that relationship are rarely addressed in the current literature. Elyse Semerdjian's "Off the Straight Path" takes a bold step toward filling that gap, offering a  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elyse Semerdjian
ISBN: 0815631731 9780815631736
OCLC Number: 225870865
Description: xxxviii, 247 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Zina in Islamic legal discourse --
Zina in Ottoman law --
People and court : policing public morality in the streets of Aleppo --
Prostitutes, soldiers, and the people : monitoring morality through customary law --
In harm's way : domestic violence and rape in the Shari'a courts of Aleppo.
Series Title: Gender, culture, and politics in the Middle East.
Responsibility: Elyse Semerdjian.

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Offers a look at the historical progression of Islamic law's treatment of illicit sex. This book provides a comprehensive review of the concept of zina, sexual indiscretion, exploring the diverse  Read more...

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"A pioneering work.... It will be the standard text to be cited by scholars working on the period and the subject matter for years to come." - Yvonne Haddad, Georgetown University"

 
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