By Duygu Köksal
In "A Social background of the past due Ottoman Women," Duygu Koksal and Anastasia Falierou compile new learn on girls of other geographies and groups of the past due Ottoman Empire focusing relatively at the ways that girls won energy and exercised agency."
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Nezihe Muhiddin, Kadınsız İnkılap, Kadınlar Halk Fırkası ve Kadın Birliği. Istanbul: İletişim, Metis, 2003. Zilfi, Madeline C. “Muslim Women in the Early Modern Era,” in The Cambridge History of Turkey, Volume 3: The Later Ottoman Empire, 1603–1839, edited by Suraiya Faroqhi, 226–255. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Part One Women as Economic Actors: Class, Work, and Social Issues Chapter One Theater as Career for Ottoman Armenian Women, 1850 to 1910 Hasmik Khalapyan Theater has always been a space where gender roles valid for the rest of the society could be abandoned.
Education was promoted not for achieving equality with men but as a means for creating mature women capable of optimally performing their duties as mothers and wives. Metinsoy shows how special importance was given to young girls’ physical appearance at school; it was argued that modesty and morality should dictate students’ clothing choices. As noted above, women’s clothing was hotly debated in the press of the period. The question of the preservation or abolition of the veil preoccupied writers.
7 For this argument and a summary of an impressive number of such cases, see Alice Kessler Harris “Reframing the History of Women’s Wage Labor: Challenges of a Global Perspective,” Journal of Women’s History 15 (2004), 187–205. 8 Zarinebaf-Shahr argues specifically regarding the Ottoman Empire that careful definitions of women’s economic activity are essential in order to grasp the contours of Ottoman women’s participation in industries as early as the eighteenth century. Fariba ZarinebafShahr, “Role of Women in Urban Economy of Istanbul, 1700–1850,” Journal of International Labor and Working-Class History 60 (Fall 2001), 141–152.
A Social History of Late Ottoman Women by Duygu Köksal