The Use of Islamic Court Records in the Study of the Status of Women in Ottoman Society
Pinar Kayaalp

Islamic court records serve as an important source in the study of the status of women in Ottoman society. However, much relevant information is missing in these documents and what is contained therein cannot be taken at face value. In order to present a more balanced view of the identity of Ottoman women it is necessary to cull court records from various regions of the realm over a specific period of time, integrate them with other kinds of legal documents, and develop an effective method to alleviate the problems pertaining to their validity and reliability.

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