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The Kin Who Count - Family and Society in Ottoman Aleppo, 1770-1840 (Hardcover)
The Kin Who Count - Family and Society in Ottoman Aleppo, 1770-1840 (Hardcover): Margaret Lee Meriwether

The Kin Who Count - Family and Society in Ottoman Aleppo, 1770-1840 (Hardcover)

Margaret Lee Meriwether

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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.

General

Imprint: University Of Texas Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: June 1999
Authors: Margaret Lee Meriwether
Dimensions: 230 x 158 x 23mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
ISBN-13: 978-0-292-75223-8
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies
Books > Humanities > History > World history
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social institutions
Books > Humanities > History > World history > 1750 to 1900
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social institutions > Family & relationships
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social institutions > Family & relationships > General
Books > History > World history
Books > History > World history > 1750 to 1900
LSN: 0-292-75223-7
Barcode: 9780292752238

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