Women and namus, as a regulative phenomenon, in early modern Ottoman society

buir.advisorErgenç, Özer
dc.contributor.authorÇenesiz, Ayşenur
dc.date.accessioned2021-08-19T06:13:55Z
dc.date.available2021-08-19T06:13:55Z
dc.date.copyright2021-08
dc.date.issued2021-08
dc.date.submitted2021-08-16
dc.departmentDepartment of Historyen_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of article.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis (M.S.): Bilkent University, Department of History, İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University, 2021.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 65-69).en_US
dc.description.abstractIn this thesis, the concept of namus (honor) as a regulative phenomenon in early modern Ottoman society and specifically for ordinary women are discussed. It focuses on which characteristic of women’s namus differed from the general view of it in the society: sexuality. Namus was a shared value for Ottoman society; thus, it functioned as both the set of values and the regulatory tool. In other words, it not only determined which values were appropriate for a person but also imposed sanctions on any inappropriate behavior and made a person namuslu (honorable) or namussuz (unhonorable) in the society. As the expressions from the archival sources (mostly arzuhals and sicil cases), related primary sources, and the academic literature are examined, it can be deduced that women’s namus was a fragile value reduced to sexuality in early modern Ottoman society. It should be protected, preserved, and conserved. This namus perception brings the protector/protected relationship along in which men were protectors and women were protected ones. This relationship can be examined in three intermingled layers: (1) A woman must protect her own namus. (2) Her family was responsible for protecting it. (3) At last, the society (village, neighborhood, etc.) was liable to protect women’s namus. In this three-layered relationship of protection, women's namus and their sexuality belonged to not only themselves but also their families and even to their society.en_US
dc.description.degreeM.A.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Ayşenur Çenesizen_US
dc.format.extentx, 69 leaves : illustrations ; 30 cm.en_US
dc.identifier.itemidB133983
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11693/76465
dc.language.isoEnglishen_US
dc.publisherBilkent Universityen_US
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccessen_US
dc.subjectOttoman societyen_US
dc.subjectEarly modern eraen_US
dc.subjectNamusen_US
dc.subjectWomenen_US
dc.subjectSexualityen_US
dc.titleWomen and namus, as a regulative phenomenon, in early modern Ottoman societyen_US
dc.title.alternativeErken modern Osmanlı toplumunda bir denetim olgusu olarak namus ve kadınen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
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