The Kin Who Count: Family and Society in Ottoman Aleppo, 1770-1840

The Kin Who Count: Family and Society in Ottoman Aleppo, 1770-1840

by Margaret L. Meriwether

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Overview

The history of the Middle Eastern family presents as many questions as there are currently answers. Who lived together in the household? Who married whom and for how long? Who got a piece of the patrimonial pie? These are the questions that Margaret Meriwether investigates in this groundbreaking study of family life among the upper classes of the Ottoman Empire in the pre-modern and early modern period. Meriwether recreates Aleppo family life over time from records kept by the Islamic religious courts that held jurisdiction over all matters of family law and property transactions. From this research, she asserts that the stereotype of the large, patriarchal patrilineal family rarely existed in reality. Instead, Aleppo’s notables organized their families in a great diversity of ways, despite the fact that they were all members of the same social class with widely shared cultural values, acting under the same system of family law. She concludes that this had important implications for gender relations and demonstrates that it gave women more authority and greater autonomy than is usually acknowledged.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292788145
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 07/05/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Margaret L. Meriwether is Professor of History at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where she teaches courses on Islamic and Middle Eastern history.

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